When the diagnosis is harsh, it’s tempting to go online or run through the stacks at the Library or ask a friend or neighbor and others in the waiting room as to what might work.
It’s no surprise that Jairus, one of the big shots in the synagogue, walks right into our story and says: my daughter is at the point of death. Come and fix her so that she will live. So off he goes and a large crowd followed. You can almost overhear someone in the crowd say “Boy, I’ll be able to tell the grandkids about this.”
I heard a story recently about a young man who left college ten years ago. He went into consulting work on the East Coast. He spent a bit of time on Wall Street, and had a spell out West learning how companies work. Three or four years ago he and a couple of others set up their own company. It was tough at first, but soon it became quite a success. He had a chance to sell it to his original employer, but it meant too much to him to sell so soon.
It was a day of backpacking in the Rocky Mountains. I was in Estates park staying at the YMCA camp. I don’t remember why. It was some program we were doing at Seminary. But I do remember the afternoon hike.
As a newcomer to the Rockies I had been struck by their stark, craggy beauty. But nothing had prepared me for the afternoon we followed a creek trail up the mountain. I could tell we were going higher because I could feel my calves.
Then we climbed up a steep ridge high above our camp.
Have you asked the question asked by the disciples? What is the future going to hold? Often we images in our minds either from the Bible or the futures market, and then look for signs that confirm what we think we know.
Truth be told we have all bought into moments that promise a grasp at what is beyond our control.
Often we remember a dim anxious notion, that these answers are hidden away in the Bible. If only we had the right code to unlock them or the right bible study group.
Most of us know the anxiety of not knowing for sure what's real, or what's really true! When we look at faith filled people from our past we assume that they had no doubts and that there is something wrong with us when we do.
Until that dark night by the river Jabbok, life had been going pretty well for Jacob. He wasn't a bad guy, just good at playing the system, getting what he wanted, advancing his station in life. It had always been this way for Jacob
Have you ever reached the place where Life become more a struggle, where even your religion seems to be dead weight on your shoulders and you wonder whether it is worth the struggle? I think we all do in varying degrees and when that happens so let's take our busyness down, and look at it because something has gone radically wrong.
Sometime when religious life or family life or just life is supposed to be uplifting and sustaining it becomes just another piece of heavy luggage to carry.
This reading from Acts begins by taking us into the strange world of exorcisms. No it's not Linda Bair but a young girl who was controlled by a pimp to perform acts of foretelling the future.
We don't know what her practices celebrate, whether she was a Gnostic or some other new Age variety, we do know that she was mad at the Christians because she thought they were enslaved to a single God.
I know for most of you you're glad that finals are finally over. I don't know why we call them finals because in terms of your life there is nothing final about them. The exams later in life get shorter but come in bundles.
This week beside wearing a gown and tassel you're all just itching to meet your room mate for collage next year.