Ecclesiastical and political pragmatism, with a beat
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Thanksgiving Test": Sermon For Last Pentecost
When Jesus tells his followers, in one of scripture's most beautiful passages, that birds don't worry about what they are to eat nor flowers what they wear and yet God cares for them unfailingly, we may reply that we're neither birds nor flowers but rather reasoning beings who habitually give ourselves plenty to be anxious about above and beyond the fulfillment of our purely natural needs. Muffling our anxiety and counting our blessings, especially when times are tough, aren't easy things to do. Maybe a simple, three-part Thanksgiving tuneup will help us lead the lives of contentment amid chaos to which God so tantalizingly beckons us. My Sunday sermon is here.