“It’s been a busy week in Lake Wobegon,” Garrison Keillor likes to say.
I don’t know about you but my week does not slow down just because it’s supposed to be “the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” as Nat King Cole used to sing.
I don’t know about you but there have been meals to cook and laundry to do. I’ve done marketing, fed the dogs and watered the plants. Additionally, I’ve made pastoral calls, studied sacred texts and, well, written this sermon.
I’m sure you’ve got your “to do” list which creates a constant hum of busyness. And that hum of busyness that can create the illusion that we’ve got all things all under control.
We come into church, some of us, feeling tired or exhausted, or, perhaps fairly satisfied, wanting to be inspired and nourished. Instead, here comes Jesus this morning, calling us ‘hypocrites’ and threatening to bring down hellfire and brimstone upon our blindness and foolishness.
And you thought last week’s sermon was passionate! Jesus has me beat by a country mile - or, two. Then again, he always does.
It’s when we start to believe the illusions we’ve created about ourselves that we get into trouble.
You may have more goodness than you give yourself credit for having. You may be smarter than you think you are, more capable of doing more than you think you can.
Grace to risk something big for something good!
Grace to remember that the world