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  • Sermon Starters (Proper 26A)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    In a sermon, the preacher Tom Long once told the story of a minister he knew whose wife—on the day before Easter one year—fell suddenly ill in the morning, got worse in the afternoon, and by evening was dead. The pastor obviously could not preach the next day, though he still showed up at worship somehow. But he could not sing that day. He could not, he said, even believe in the resurrection. Not that day, Easter or no. And so he said he let the faith of the others in church carry him that day. They had to believe for him that day. They had to sing for him that day. And that’s just the way life goes sometimes. Like the psalmist of Psalms 42 & 43, we just have to acknowledge to God that when times are bad, we may just have to wait a bit until God smooths things out or heals us in some other way before we can go to the house of God with rejoicing in our hearts again. That’s just being honest with God. And God surely understands that. The Bible tells us so.

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