Sunday Sermon and the Sky Shining on the New Sanctuary

20 Aug

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” 

― George Eliot


It was already a steamy Sunday morning at 7 am. Bella was fed and walked, and I was at church by 8:30, to greet at the door. I don’t often remember to take a morning sky photo,  but this morning, the clouds were glorious, almost as if to herald the beautiful day.

Look how the sky can change in a matter of minutes. As I drove to church, the clouds continued to mesmerize me. Standing at the front door, saying “Good morning,” I grabbed my phone and took a quick snap of the steel structure and girders that will soon be our new sanctuary and church. The backdrop of clouds was breathtaking.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Canaanite woman who begged Jesus to help her daughter who was possessed by a demon. At first Jesus ignored her. Then He said that He was there to guide the lost sheep of Israel. The woman persisted. Jesus said it wasn’t right to take food from the children to throw to the dogs, to which the woman replied that even the dogs eat from the scraps from the master’s table. Jesus was so moved by her faith and tenacity that he healed the daughter.

My take on it…sometimes our prayers and wishes aren’t granted right away, but God will not abandon us if we continue to be faithful and persistent. And of course, the petition must be worthy. We can’t all ask to be millionaires with a fancy house, expensive cars, and a chocolate fountain on the front porch. Hmm? I like the chocolate fountain idea! Just kidding.

A very nice Sunday morning. The rest of the day… not so great, but that’s another story for another day. 

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