Sermon Snap Shot July 16, 2017

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Sermon Snap Shot July 16, 2017

I’ve entitled today’s message “Healed and Empowered” in part because I think this could serve as the title for Mary of Magdala’s spiritual biography. Even though she came from a prominent family…even though she came from a prosperous town…her life was a wreck. It was full of chaos – she was totally out of control. But then she meets Jesus…and she goes on to live this amazing, fruitful life for God and God’s purposes in the world. Her life had been turned upside down (or right side up)…a complete 180.
 
I’ve also entitled today’s message “Healed and Empowered” because I believe that this could serve as the title for our spiritual biographies as well – or at least that’s my hope as a pastor.
 
Like her, we have no control over the family or region we come from. It might be poor, or it might be well to do. It might be highly educated, or it might be undereducated. It might be full of love, or it might be full of chaos and strife.
 
And, like her, we all have been or may one day be possessed in some way, shape or form…
 
possessed by greed…
possessed by guilt…
possessed by possessions…
possessed by anger or resentment…
possessed by a bottle of liquor or a bag of crack…
even possessed by some demonic power or force.
 
But this is not God’s desire for us, just as it was not God’s desire for Mary. No, God’s wish is that we all might be healed…made whole…fully – physically, emotionally, mentally and so on. But not just healed for the sake of being healed. Healed and empowered so that we might change the world, or at least the small sliver of the world which we inhabit every day.
 
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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