The message starts about 15:48. The entire service is included in the video.
the Scripture, Psalm 23
1 Samuel 16.1-13, John 9.1-41
Moment, UMCOR Sunday video
shows up throughout today’s Scripture passages. In the psalm, we travel through
the valley of the shadow of death, and we need light. In 1 Samuel, we get a
delightful story about the prophet Samuel, called a “seer” in the story. Even
though he is called a “seer,” he can’t “see straight.” He needs the word of God
to guide him. And, yes, the word play is in the original Hebrew text. In John’s
gospel, Jesus opens the eyes of a blind man who actually “sees” – more clearly
than those who have always had sight – who Jesus is.
this week, I encourage all you kids, and all you kids at heart, to play with
light and sight:
flashlight in the dark
in your home
guiding each other around an obstacle course in your yard or living room
or trees, with one eye, then switch eyes
also want to introduce you to a prayer, a way to pray the first line of
the 23rd psalm: “The LORD is my shepherd.” These five words are a
huge claim to make in anxious and uncertain times. When I was a kid, both of my
older siblings had to have surgery for broken eardrums. Our pastor taught them
to pray that line by counting out the words on their fingers, saying them as
they go, and clasping the pointer finger on the word “my.” [Demonstrate.]
in our world – fear, anxiety
a false certainty
want to go back to Egypt
like the current king
certainty is sometimes about nostalgia for a past, sometimes about condemnation
and fault-finding. But it is always false. It is much more difficult to stay in
the uncertainty, to explore the opportunities within it, and to find a way
forward that is, on the one hand, consistent with the tradition or the past,
and on the other hand, an entirely new expression of that tradition.
forward through trial and error
forward by talking it out
(Philemon 6, NIV).
the blind man go to Siloam alone? Guide? Ask for directions?
legacy was now bound up in David
never get anywhere important alone
in this crisis moment, reach out to others and reach out to God
me again in reading this text from Lamentations 3 that we shared on Ash
But this I call to mind,
therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
I will hope in him.”
Woodward: “The Lord is my shepherd” (holding finger)