This is Trinity Sunday, but people who have cancer probably do not care. This is Trinity Sunday, but those young couples who cannot get pregnant probably do not care either. “But, this is Trinity Sunday,” proclaims the worship committee. Even so, the family dealing with the wayward teenager, the couple headed for divorce, the person who has lost a job, they do not care. Does it really matter to them that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? They just want to know that God is God and that God somehow knows who they are, where they are, what they are doing, and what they need.
Friends, I came across this paragraph in preparation for a sermon recently. This writer tends to hit the hammer on a very particular nail of many of our church folk. I am one of them. When we are going through difficult, life-changing situations, does God really hear my prayers, answer them as immediately as a text message…I wish—and is concerned about loss of life after many years of marriage, and/or having to place our loved one in a skilled care facility. Life hurts at times.
Tomorrow we celebrate Brantlee Sontag’s life in a memorial service, 12Noon, church sanctuary. Next week, we celebrate Linnea Harris’ life. In both lives, God has been a source of strength, hope and peace. But there are times, like Christ from the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-49) becomes words that we utter under our breath…and I believe that God knows when we hurt and feel despair and lonely.
This Sunday is NOT Trinity Sunday; however, it is Sunday. Alex and I will be preaching and concluding the sermon series on “The Words I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said.” You are invited to invite someone to join you for worship, Sunday school class, and/or the upcoming fat Tuesday Fish Fry and Gumbo Feast. I believe that we will have some great music from members of our Modern Service.
Never forget the words of Christ, when he commanded the disciples to continue what he started…”I am with you always.” By faith I believe that Jesus is with me, even when I feel otherwise. Try it. See you Sunday. God loves you!