Words for the Week – September 12, 2019

Greetings church,

Listen to last week’s sermon on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Stang, and discipleship for the rest of us, here.

This week, I’ve been thinking about “lost causes.”  The gospel lesson talks about someone leaving 99 sheep to search for the lost one or spending lots of energy searching for a lost coin.

Jesus points out that the so-called righteous people in the Bible story are hypocritical in judging Jesus for spending time and energy seeking out people who are lost and hurting. They would do exactly the same thing for someone they loved!

It’s the parent who spends gobs of money on a rehab center with hopes that this will be the thing that turns her daughter’s life around; it’s the grandpa who takes every chance he gets to tell his unbelieving grandchildren about the power of Jesus’ love; it’s the refugee-rights activist who gives countless hours volunteering for a cause that for all appearances, seems unwinnable.  Love causes us to be lavish.  I’d use the word wasteful, except that I don’t think that kind of love is wasteful at all.  I think it heals us all.

When have you spent time or energy actively loving someone that may seem irrational from the outside?  When have you been loved so “wastefully?”
In God’s kingdom, there are no lost causes!