I'll be honest, I'm having a hard time sharing this one. As a preacher, I feel so vulnerable the week following a shooting. I don't think there is a "right" thing to say. I try to tread carefully and that may or may not be the right thing to do, either. I don't want to stir up a debate, but I also don't want anyone to think that I'm afraid to speak hard truths, either. I want to pray for the victims of this shooting, but I also know that, like so many others have said, thoughts and prayers are just not enough anymore.
Ugh. It's so hard. I spoke a truth that I think my people needed to hear and could take with them and apply to their lives. Hopefully that was enough. I pray that God will continue to work out the details and I will be obedient in my preaching. Because it's not easy!
So here is my sermon. Lent 1, Jesus in the wilderness, the weekend after a shooting in our country.
- Rev. Sarah