You have heard it said,
“Words don’t matter.
Locker room words.
But I tell you:
Words of belonging matter:
“I will be their God, and they shall be
my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33)
Words of naming matter:
“You shall be called Israel, because
you have striven with God and with humans
and you have prevailed. (Genesis 32:28)
Words of commitment matter:
“Your law is my meditation
all day long.” (Psalm 119:97)
Words of assurance matter:
“The LORD will not let your foot be moved.
The One who keeps you will not rest.” (Psalm 121:3)
Words of persistence and protest matter:
“Grant me justice against my opponent!” (Luke 18:3)
Words of integrity matter:
“Proclaim the message with
the utmost patience in teaching.
While others wander away to myths and
chase their desires, carry out your ministry fully.”
(2 Timothy 4:2-5)
So then teach and preach words with integrity,
honor one another’s name and naming,
support protest and add your own persistence,
be faithful in your commitments and
be quick with the comfort of assurance;
and above all — marry word & deed
so that all people belong.
- What words of good news are you finding in this coming Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts — for yourself, for your faith community, for this world?
- How are you shaping this Sunday’s sermonic words to demonstrate and invite deepening commitment to God and to all God’s people?
- Does your faith community/preaching context need room to wrestle with words & life & faith? This Sunday’s texts raise many hard questions: “Are we living in a season of plucking or planting?” (Jeremiah 31:28) “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8) “From where does our help come?” (Psalm 121:1) … and before you reply too quickly that “Our help comes from God,” consider the problem of theodicy: “Does God delay in helping those who cry out day & night?” (Luke 18:7)
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