This is a sermon about persistence. Actually, it’s a sermon about persistence as a manifestation of hope, and hope as the motivation of prayer.
Or, maybe because she was right and it was just that obvious.
I promise, no drinking of wine was involved in the preparation of this sermon.
Think about that for a minute: If you don’t have hope, why ever would you persist? Why even bother? Prayer is fueled by hope and hope sparks persistence and persistence puts the hopes of prayer into action.
She went directly to Fred.
Three of them have, in fact, been telling their stories for over 30 years. The others had been silent because they had been afraid. Confused. Thought they had brought it on themselves. Thought, well, this is just what it’s like for a woman.
And, in part and for many years, that’s not been incorrect.
No harm no foul.
They have faces. They have stories.
Or, maybe they’re just crazy for thinking they were once attractive enough to be molested.
It’s a sermon about persistence as a manifestation of hope and hope as the motivation of prayer.
It has shaken us all to our core in a way that was completely unpredictable.
.... well… truth be told . . . . I just can’t do that.
Jesus raised up the story of Ethel, the persistent widow, who went to Fred, the arrogant judge, and said, “You want to know what prayer is? Prayer is like this: Look at Ethel over there. She keeps telling her story of injustice even though she is not believed. She keeps telling her story of injustice even though she is ignored. She keeps telling her story of injustice even though she is not given justice”.
God WILL hear your cry.
God WILL bring about justice.
Not just homosexuality. Human sexuality.
It is not normal.
It is not okay.
Or, was it, perhaps, considered so commonplace that it needed no mention?
It was originally told and meant for times such as these, when people today – living in this post modern era – are learning about the true cost of discipleship.
It was originally told and is meant for all those who will come after us – our granddaughters and grandsons and great granddaughters and great grandsons – to whom this story will be told with lessons to be learned by new generations of people.
It involves putting your faith into action. It involves hope and belief in a God who loves us enough to inspire us to bring about justice against the oppression of people in our own day and time. For ourselves and others.
This is a sermon about persistence. This is a sermon about persistence as a manifestation of hope, and hope as the motivation of prayer.