Is anybody else but me discouraged by this week's lectionary?
My personal favorite is the people being sawn in half in Hebrews. Not. Failed vineyards, mocking, flogging, stoning, fire, rain, persecution, and a reminder that we're all going to die make for a tricky preaching week.
Luckily I find hope in the "God near by, not a God far off" in Jeremiah, (which is actually an alternate reading you can find at the Vanderbilt site) and I think I will try to wrap my head around that one this week. The others wear me out. And it's only Tuesday morning.
What about you?