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Palm Sunday, 2013

on March 28, 2013

On the disc of this sermon the title is, “The Donkey He Rode In On” – I’m calling it, “Be the Donkey!” for my own reasons.alter

Cody read us John 14:23, and he did a fabulous job.

Readings:

John 12:12-21 Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King.

John 17:24-26 (Tying into/wrapping up The Kingdom of the Son He Loves) Jesus prays for all believers.

Anyway, I’m going to tell you a little story so that we can be on the same page. When I was young (and I am about to give away my age) my older sister got a pink SHARP QT 50 mini boombox (the year was probably 1989) and she was addicted. From that Christmas morning she was glued to that radio with a stack of tapes. She would wait, her finger held to the record button, for hours for her favorite songs to come on. Once she got the song recorded she would play a few seconds, pause, scribble the lyrics and repeat – rewinding when she thought she missed a word. I would bury my head under the pillow on the bottom bunk and cry for her to stop. I could not for the life of me imagine wanting to hear something so thoroughly, I swore I would NEVER be that kind of teenager.

Enter Pastor Lee and her sermons some 25ish years later. I swear to you I listen to her each week as I sit in my chair and I feel a million miles from where I am. I am lost in thought and prayer and just, um, unlocked. Later, when I go to write in my sermon journal I copy down the readings and any thoughts that I had jotted down during the sermon and then I listen to the CD to cover anything I missed. Then, once I have gotten to the end I think, “This ALL should be written!” and I press play, pause, take a few notes and repeat. lol

All that just to express this thought: I share these notes because they touched me, because I want a record and because I want to put them out into the world. I share them on the church’s blog so that if someone missed a Sunday they can catch up and if someone is thinking of coming in they can get an idea of what’s been going on. I share my jotted down thoughts and the scriptures read or referenced – but I can’t possibly get all of the words here in this blog post, I couldn’t capture the whole of it even if I transcribed each word. For me something amazing is happening right now, for me something beyond is awakening.

This is why I wanted a church in the first place. This is why I kept looking over the years. I wanted a place to help me grow in my spirit and to help me broaden my faith. I have found it. Pastor Lee talked about expectations this last Sunday and I will tell you I think, faith is expectation.

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.

Do you know that in my life over the last few months I have seen more of God’s works than ever, it’s because I look with expectation. I made myself a pact to go to church every Sunday, to receive a word that will change me. Everyday I go I get that, because I expect it. I am open, knowing that He is constant so all I need to do is show up.

Also, when I was a child if you asked me, “You can meet anyone in the world, through all of history, who would it be?” and I would answer you Jesus without hesitating. I don’t know when that changed, but I know that I was asked that for the first time in a LONG time in 2012 and I answered, “Jesus.” Hmmm. Guess this has been a long time coming. So when Pastor Lee got to the point where she said that the whole purpose is to know Him, it just spoke to me. It’s all I have ever wanted, and now that I am on that journey I feel more whole than I have in decades.

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