today didn't go as planned in any sense of the word. Pastor Nancy called at 7:10 and said she had the flu and i had to cover today. yikes!
so we found a really good sermon written by Dr. Susan Fleming McGurgan you can read it here. but i added a few things that i would like to highlight here.
Mark’s Gospel hurls us,
ready or not,
into a lonely and barren wilderness—
Sometimes, the wilderness can feel a lot like home.
The single mom, stretched so thin that she almost disappears, knows the desert of exhaustion and guilt.
The rejected child, watching silently from beyond the playground, knows the desert called Loneliness.
The convict, numb to the brutality that surrounds him, knows the desert of violence and regret.
The person who has just realize their sexuality and now must come out of the closet, not knowing how their friends and family will react. This is the desert of fear and alienation.
Our nation is in a desert. With two wars, a collapsing economy, and a two party system that is not on speaking terms, we are now in the desert of an uncertain future.
We know the truth about deserts, don’t we?
The truth is; Jesus has been there first.
It was nice to have the support of my wife and the congregation at Trinity Reformed. It affirmed that this is my call and that i can wing it if needed. good day today, despite a sick pastor and the chaotic beginning.