Faces of Our Faith: Shadrach, Meschach & Abednego The Rev. Bart Smith The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (September 23, 2018) Daniel 3 (selected verses) The Scripture passage from Daniel 3 was rearranged into play script for worship. NARRATOR: King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue. It was ninety feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up in the Dura Valley in…
Vashti’s story underscores sometimes how important it is to say “No.” Think of all the Nos that shape us into the kind of people we are today. Think of all the Nos that have shifted the course of history.
Who has been a “Deborah” in your life? Someone strong. Someone wise. Someone whose judgment you trusted. Someone who wasn’t afraid to tell you the truth. You might not have sought them out under a palm tree, but somewhere else in your day-to-day landscape…
Who are the people like Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah who dare to show up and speak up within systems, people who create change in venues not many people hear about?
There are times that we find ourselves in Shiphrah and Puah’s shoes, whether they were Hebrews safeguarding their own people or Egyptians putting their lives on the line for strangers.
It really is all about belonging, this story of Adam and Eve. It’s about their belonging to God, their belonging to one another, their belonging to the clay from which they were shaped, all in bonds of nurture and care.
David retreats and immediately mourns the death of his son, no longer calling him the young man Absalom, but “Absalom, my son.” It would appear that David’s life is a complete and utter mess. What are we to make of this tragic story?
If nothing is able to separate David from God’s love, it is a safe bet there is nothing that will separate me or you from God’s love. But for the forgiveness to happen, we must be willing to look inward and know where we fall short. It is neither easy nor pleasant.
Everything Jesus does is meant to show something. No vain displays of power, no ad-hoc interactions with nothing behind them. Each miracle is a sign. Pointing to what?
What a lovely story, we might think, about how Jesus cared for these simple people, who didn’t have any idea what to do. “Sheep without a shepherd” sounds like a gentle way to call them all kind of dumb. It’s not.