Where I am, it is hot as the dickens. Even the squirrels are finding refuge in the shade and moving as little as possible. I love summer. I yearn for it all year. I don’t even mind the heat. But this year everything feels off. There is so much violence in the world and appropriate angst. I’m growing a bit numb, I admit. But the numbness doesn’t help, it leaves me feeling dull.
Our readings today push us into contemplating struggles, suffering, and hope. At least that is my take from Genesis, Romans, and even the Gospel of Matthew. I could have gone with the text from Exodus, but chances are that’s about the same….
I am leaning a bit into Joan Chittister’s book, Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope, for my sermon fodder this week. I’m taking her idea that struggles can be transformational and even hopeful and talking about that inner sense of peace that comes from focusing on God instead of all the many things that one might focus on, instead of idolatry of….
My sermon is basically written. I’m thinking about returning to preaching without using a text. I preached this way for many years, but haven’t done much of this kind of preaching in long while. So, I’m thinking about it. We’ll see how well I can internalize what I want to say between now and Sunday morning.
What about you? Thoughts, ideas, struggles, hopes…for this Sunday?
This is the Preacher Party and I’ll be here all day. Pull up a chair I have iced tea to go around and if you’re in a colder climate, I can put the coffee on too.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a congregation in Dearborn, MI. She’s been a blogger and member of the RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com.
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