If you’re on a roll—your kids are happy and healthy and cooperative and like your company, your career ladder feels like the up escalator, your romantic life seems like the stuff of steamy novels—then this sermon probably isn’t for you. File it away and come back when you’re not at the top of your game and all is not so right with your world.
|Vincent van Gogh’s “Country Road”|
|Eugene de Blaas’ “Good News”|
|Jean-Francois Millet’s “The Knitting Shepherdess”|
God is standing in the midst of things with us. And when God reigns in our hearts and minds, when we throw in our lot with the crazy idea that God is renewing this world, we stand in the midst of things with others while they’re going through whatever life throws at them.
|Eugene de Blaas’ “The Knitting Lesson”|
In and through our willingness to show up, to do the one good thing in front of us, addicts get sober, victims of violence dare to be vulnerable again, impoverished children go to bed with full stomachs, the poor get prescriptions filled, and adults embarrassed and held back by their illiteracy learn to read.