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Sustaining the Weary

September 15, 2018

Last Sunday we had a very successful Mission Fundraising opportunity with the Traditional Golf and Put-Put Golf Outings. It was a beautiful day for golf, even for some of us who hadn’t picked up a club in a few years! This beautiful sunset wowed the participants at the Put-Put Outing and capped a wonderful day.

The week following the Golf Outing has been challenging to say the least. Hospice care, walking with dear members and friends through the Valley of the Shadows, and other concerns can weight heavy on one’s soul. Yet in the midst of it all, God’s Spirit has been a constant companion and source of encouragement.

When I first looked at the Lectionary readings I thought about the passage from Isaiah. I can’t tell you how often I have preached on this story of Peter’s confession and Jesus’ rebuke followed by the command to take up our crosses and follow him. Plenty of times I can tell you in the past 31 years!

However, it is to Isaiah’s passage that I have returned again and again. This passage is about the Cross (even though it would not be a symbols of faith for many years) and it is also about living a life of faith.

This is one of the Suffering Servant passages from Isaiah which is read during Lent. In Isaiah 50:4 we read the following: “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.”

What words did Jesus share from the cross?

Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing. — Luke 23:34

Son, behold your Mother. Mother, behold your Son. — John 19:26-27

Father, forgive them… wow! From the instrument of favor for torture used by the Empire, Jesus offered forgiveness!

From the instrument of favor used for torture by the Empire, Jesus ensured his Mother would be cared for into her old age.

Too often words from the christian (lower case is intentional as you know, Dear Reader) so anything but sustain the weary. They are used to badger, harass, and condemn… all in the name of their god.

I am not sure exactly where this message will go tomorrow, but I have a feeling that the Spirit knows. She will guide and direct your Padre and the congregation to seek ways to challenge, yet uplift, as we seek to serve our Lord in the messiness of this world. May She help us to do so each and every day.

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