Whatever sorrow you are carrying, whatever grief, know: the message of Christmas is that God chose to show up in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Seems foolish to the world, but there's God's wisdom. God chooses to walk with us when life hurts. That is the only plan.
There's a phrase I wish I could ban from church. It's this: “God has a plan.” The only plan I dare to call God’s is to show up when life hurts.
Sermon from Sunday. The Lessons are actually for a couple of weeks from now...I'm meditating on hope, loss, beheadings, and Guiding Light (yes the TV show). Let me know what you think! Sermon from June 28, 2009 Good Samaritan. God Has the Last Word. http://www.goodsamchurch.org/artman2/uploads/1/_20090628_GSA.mp3