“Misplaced Miracle”; Jeffrey Sartain’s sermon, June 9, 2013

“In the Christian faith we have a significant body of teachings about this divine care that is also illustrated in miracle narratives—like the one we heard this morning. God intervenes in history throughout our scriptures interrupting the normal patterns of the way the world functions to remind us that, while life can be cruel and hard, the world is a good place.” Jeffrey Sartain

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2 Responses to “Misplaced Miracle”; Jeffrey Sartain’s sermon, June 9, 2013

  1. joanmjsmiley says:

    Response to questions about miracles and scripture for June 9 Luke 7:11–17

    Jesus in the New Testament must have been one remarkable guy to have so much wisdom and understanding of human nature. What a blessing for those around Jesus to realize that he generated hope and an awareness of new possibilities and yes, miracles. The miracle of the restoration of life to the young man, a beloved son of a respected widow is a heart warming story of the compassion of Jesus and the effect Jesus’s words and the significance of his presence in the community. We have become accustomed to the expectation that people can be and are cured of diseases via today’s health care. Likewise we aren’t surprised to find that and an amputee is able to walk again with an artificial limb. In Jesus day the sudden improved health or the return of life to one who was dead could not be explained by antibiotics or even CPR, but somehow Jesus was able to shape a person’s condition so that he was seen as cured and/or life restored. I think these stories or parables deserve to be honored as expressions of faith and reasons for hope.

    “It’s like a miracle”, is an expression I have used rather frequently as I realize the quickness of communicating on the computer, and when a search of the computer ‘library’ provides multiple answers to complex questions. I described the generous hospitality my daughter Sharon extended to her sister Sara after their years of limited communication as being “like a miracle”. My daughters were together for a shared birthday message in August. Of course, this was much to their mother’s delight.

    If Jesus was here today, we could expect he would want his life and message to be seen as calling us to live in relationship to our Father in heaven as exemplified by the care and concern we show for each other and the abundance of creation in our earthly home.

    It would indeed be a miracle if in our day Christians and others would realize the value of all people as well as the sacredness of our earth and then act creatively and with conviction to address the challenges and to undo the damage that many of our present actions and practices have brought about. Could we as believers and people of faith help bring about the miracle of transformation that is essential to life and the possibility of a sustainable environment? I certainly hope so.

  2. Hazel Lutz says:

    Jeff, I was thinking again about the scripture reading as I arrived at church Sunday morning—that the story is about providing social security for the weaker members of society. Your sermon helped confirm this: if we get past the questioon of whether or not the miracle happened, then we can focus on what the story is trying to tell us. And each miracle story is telling us something different. I really liked the sermon. Hazel

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