Pictured is an American Beauty Berry plant. Its berries turn this lovely color (plum? fuchsia?) in the fall here. Its leaves are wilted, because it has been hot and dry and dry and hot, most of the summer. (I took this photo last week. Thankfully, we’ve had some rain in the past few days).
I’ve been wrestling with Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman all week long, and I feel a little like this plant. Trying hard, doing my best, but a little wilted and weary from the effort. (RCL preachers can find a discussion of this passage and others on our Tuesday post. Narrative Lectionary preachers–we’re back from the summer hiatus, and you also have a post to reference!).
Are you energized? Weary and wilted? Starting up a new program year this week? However you are, come to the preacher party, share what you have, and ask for what you need.
Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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