On Forgiving the People Who Killed Your Relatives, Showing Up Early for the End of the World, and Jesus Screaming
I try to use this column as a spiritual discipline, writing down thoughts and stories connected with the Biblical texts for the week in a way that may not be total sermon material, but still kind of interesting enough to spark the Biblical imagination (or maybe even make up for a bad sermon I preach on Sunday).
I know, I know, sometimes these columns for other pastors and at other churches are more typically devotional, and sometimes they relay information about something coming up in the life of the church. And sometimes I do that, too.
But normally I'd just rather riff off the texts a bit and connect it with real life somehow. This time is no exception.
But, I'm conflicted. Because the texts for this week are awe-some, in the truest sense of the word. All three readings (from the Hebrew Scriptures, from the Epistles, and from the Gospels) are packed full of wonderful imagery and golden threads that, if pulled, will unravel a whole tapestry of spiritual meaning for the attentive person.
So instead of just riffing off of one, I'm going to point out three major themes, one for each reading, and I'll let you connect it with your life however you need to. Ready?