Sermon Snap Shot October 8, 2017

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Sermon Snap Shot October 8, 2017

When we’re younger the pain may be a result of…
…hearing on the playground, “I don’t want to be friends with you anymore!”,
…being cut from the team or squad that we’ve worked so hard to make,
…being rejected by the person that we hoped would invite us to the prom, or
…receiving a rejection letter from the school of your dreams.
 
But as we grow older, the causes of the pain are more serious. The losses, which are more lasting, may be the result of…
…having a police officer show up on your doorstep at 2am in the morning,
…watching a hurricane or a wildfire destroy everything that you’ve worked your life to build,
…getting called into your boss’s office and being told to clean out your desk,
…hearing your life-long partner tell you, “I’ve decided – I don’t love you anymore”, or
…having a folded-up American flag handed to you as Taps is being played.
 
We are crushed. We are destroyed. Our life is one big, messy puddle of nerves and tears. It’s as if life as we know it is over and it will never be the same again. We find ourselves crying out to God, “GOD, WHERE ARE YOU! WHY HAVE YOU ABANDONED ME?” We find ourselves in a deep, dark place.
 
Psalm 22 reveals to us how people of faith have always approached loss and suffering. It’s ok to be angry. It’s normal to cry out in frustration. It’s perfectly understandable to be in a deep place of loss and grief for quite some time.
 
But the Psalmist also offers us Good News. God has not left us. God has not abandoned us. And while we are in those deepest of dark places, God’s light is working its way in. God’s voice continues to speak to us, however faintly it might seem. “I am here. I love you. I will sit right beside you. And, in time, if you let me, I will heal your heart.”
 
From Sunday, October 8 message based on Psalm 22, “A Songbook for All Seasons: For A Season of Pain”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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