What was wonderful was to see how people were talking about the story at coffee hour. It was apparent that Wendy's way of retelling the story and comments along with it continued to engage the hearers.
That's what I always trust happens: the message is portable. Then we have something to take home for the week ahead.
The preacher's ending illustration was of Leonard Cohen's music, "Anthem":
"...Every heart, every heart
To love will come
But like a refugee".
I'm pondering that thought this week. How is it that a refugee comes for help? As a last resort? Or as a supplicant. It is an interesting way to consider love, the love we are invited to accept as Jesus leads the way everyday.
And the love, as well, we are asked to extend to our neighbor in all the forms we are able, until we meet again,
with loving anticipation,
Pastor Audrey Ward