Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday Lectionary Leanings: "Like Cures Like" Edition
Lessons for the Sunday to come can be found here .
The other evening we watched an episode of The Dog Whisperer focusing on a man who had as a small child been mauled by a vicious dog, who'd grown up absolutely terrified of all dogs. His fear of dogs affected his self-esteem and sense of competency in thw world; it affected ability to do his job as a realtor; it affected the lives of his children, who desperately wanted a pet. He woke up each day facing a perceived gauntlet of dangerous animals poised to injure him again. So Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, worked with this man by forcing him to be near, to touch, to relate to, the very things that made his life a fearful misery: dogs. It was painful to watch this man's real terror as he was placed in a fenced-in area with a dog; as he made himself pet a dog. But this difficult process ultimately freed him of his fear; so much so that his household now includes one of Cesar's rescued dogs.
Our Old Testament and Gospel lessons today reminded me of this process; how God's ongoing transformation of our lives comes to us as we keep before us both the reminder of the "sting" of our brokenness and its destructive effect upon ourselves and others and the radical trust that God has defeated and will defeat that which tries to defeat us. Our Psalm reading thanks God for God's saving acts. And our Epistle lesson reminds us whatit is we are saved for.
At least that's how it reads to me. What are the texts speaking to you? Or are you using an alternate sermon text? As always, please share your thoughts as you prepare for worship and preaching.