Sunday, April 10, 2011
Sermon: Lent 5A: A service of Prayer and Healing
“How about Psalm 23, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...’”? I asked
“Perfect. Mother loved that psalm. She had a copy of it on her bedroom wall.”
“Also, what about Romans chapter 8, ‘Neither death nor life...nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“Lovely. I think she would have appreciated that message.”
“For a gospel reading, how about John 11?”
“Which one is that?”
“‘I am the resurrection and the life, those who believe in me shall not perish, but whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.’ It’s the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.”
“Absolutely NOT! No one is raising mother from the dead. She is NOT coming back to life. How dare you suggest that story!”
She looked at me as if she couldn’t tell if I were a monster or moron. Or just some religious nut spewing biblical nonsense.
I was shocked by her vehemence, but could see her point. She was still trying to come to grips with the fact that her mother had died. She was drowning in details and trying to just get through the next couple of days. She didn’t have time to reconcile the Christian proclamation with her own secular scientific perspective.
“No one is raising mother from the dead. She is NOT coming back to life!”
They probably said the...(whole thing here)