All Saints Messenger - August 17, 2017

posted Aug 17, 2017, 12:56 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 

Is there anyone who hasn't felt the hurt that comes from being snubbed? Rejection is the  unkindest cut of all. In our reading, a woman with an agonizing family problem steps outside her religious comfort zone and comes toward Jesus with the cry, "Have mercy!" Her plea is met with--silence! If there is to be any answer at all, she will have to wait. And wait some more.

What Christian hasn't experienced this? You pray, but wonder if anyone is listening. You get the feeling that few, if any, of your prayers go anywhere but up into thin air. You wonder why God seems to be hiding from you. The silence this woman met didn't snatch hope from her soul. She let her faith carry her past uncertainty, past silence, past rejection, past humiliation and right into those words of Jesus, "Great is your faith!" Her daughter's inner torment found instant healing. God heard her cry, after all. Times of silence can let us know just how carefully God is listening.

Heather Heyer's (the young woman killed in Charlottesville this past weekend) mother could easily have slipped into a state of God not hearing her in her grief over her daughter. Instead, she rose up and challenged all of us to accountability for what is going on in our world today. She shared one of her daughter's facebook posts which said, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." Sounds like Jesus to me calling us to love and forgive our neighbor always ensuring us that he is with us, listening to us and loving us. By sharing her pain, grief and hope Heather and her mom reminds us that God is with us always, always listening and always active in our world.

Gracious God, We ask that our courage not back up, nor let up, nor give up. Keep our faith grounded in your faithfulness. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

See ya Sunday,
Gary+
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