Jul 22, 2010

“Sorry about that, God”

I have a pastor friend, who for effect, once stood before his congregation at Sunday morning worship and said, “Friends, I want to apologize to you this morning. I have no sermon. I hope you will forgive me, but as all of you are aware this week has just had too many emergencies in it for me to sit down and work on my sermon. We have had two funerals and two emergencies surgeries. On top of these breaks in my normal week’s work, we also had Vacation Bible School. I was called into several urgent counseling situations. I hope you will understand my failure to prepare. I’ll try to do better next week.” The pastor then took a seat. The organist and the rest of the congregation sat frozen. No one had ever seen anything like this. No one moved—they did not know what to do.

Then my pastor friend, after about sixty extremely painful seconds, got back up and said, “This is what God must feel like when we tell God we are just too busy to attend to the world God has created.” My friend went on to preach a superb sermon on how God may not need us, but how God wants us to be covenant partners with God in working out our salvation with fear and trembling. This preacher said we witness to our faith by the way we live, love, and work in God’s world. The sermon turned out to be very powerful indeed. "Just sayin'."

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