Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"One Finger": Sermon for 20 Pentecost

As Job learns, and we all know from our own lives, acceptance is the hardest part of suffering, especially if we're dealing with an injustice, an illness, or a broken relationship for which there's no immediate remedy, or no remedy at all. And yet when acceptance comes, so does the capacity for ministry. When I went to see a St. John's member who was losing a ten-year struggle against cancer and told him how sorry I was, Larry raised his weakened arms from the bed, shrugged, and whispered, "What are you going to do?" He quickly added, "So how's it going with you?" Acceptance, then ministry -- just like Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewky. My Sunday sermon is here.

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