Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sermon on Psalm 103

I preached a few weeks ago on a section of Psalm 103. It is a beautiful Psalm. The sermon is long for a blog post, so I've linked to it here, in case you all are interested in reading it. 

From Psalm 103

13 As a father has compassion for his children,
   so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were made;
   he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who fear him,
   and his righteousness to children’s children,



Anna Cotton said...

John, this sermon works! You’ve done a great job of explaining and describing a concept we agree with: “we are passing away, but love lasts forever.” It is so easy to nod our heads and rush through this psalm without letting the words settle in our hearts. But your wonderful story of a crypt filled with art but missing names of the dead is a powerful illustration that helps me understand and feel the fleeting nature of my life. The depth of the connection struck me when I read your words, “When we participate in real love...[j]ust loving is enough.” I am grateful to be reminded so beautifully that by letting go I am opening to God’s grace flowing in and through me. It’s all very simple, which, of course, isn’t the same thing as easy. But I’m very grateful to be learning these things as we continue the spiritual journey together. Thank you so much for sharing this reflection. It has all the marks of an excellent sermon. It is meaningful, memorable, clear, and gentle.

For the record, I’m with you; I wouldn’t have any difficulty hanging out with art after I’m gone.

Blessings, Anna

RC said...

John, I love your sermon and say Amen! These words particularly resonate with me: “We, too, can let go of our little egos and the things that separate us from each other.” I believe this is true. And also, “…the more we participate in this love, the more it changes us and allows us to in turn show love to the world.” I want this dynamic in my life, and I am grateful to be on the spiritual journey with others who want it to. Thank you for sharing!

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