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The Backside of God’s Glory - October 19, 2014

Exodus 33:12-33

Have you ever cried out, "Where are you, God?" I have. I've said it in moments of deep grief and anguish. Maybe it is when the doctor's report is not what I'd hoped for. Sometimes it is when a natural disaster strikes and thousands of people lose their lives. I may not know them personally, and still I rail at the suffering. Sometimes I cry out when human evil prevails: a swastika painted at the Jewish temple on the holiest night of the year for them, a terrorist strike or an especially gruesome crime makes the headlines. "Where are you, God?" I wail when problem after problem surfaces and I can't see the solution.
Sometimes when I raise my voice my prayers go unheeded. I've asked, I've pled, I've begged, and nothing has happened.
More than once I have talked to long time church members who have attended for years, participated in Bible studies and helped out with church programs – and they have confessed to me, "I've never really felt God's presence. Ever."
A number of years ago the world was stunned, after her death, to learn that for much of her life, Mother Teresa felt God's absence. She wrote to her spiritual advisor, "The place of God in my soul is blank. There is no God in me." The woman who epitomized for us compassion and faith, did not feel God's presence.

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Judgment Tempered By Grace - October 12, 2014

Exodus 32:1-14
Matthew 22:1-14

I am currently working with a delightful group of middle school age youth in a confirmation class. Together we are learning about what it means to be a Christian and a United Methodist. Later this fall they will each have the opportunity to decide if they are ready to join our church.
We began by looking at the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. I gave them a variety of names commonly used for God and asked them to each choose their favorite and their least liked names. One of those names was Judge. I didn't keep a tally but it was high on the list of least favorite names for God.
These youth are not unusual. Judgment is a difficult topic. It seems to convey a picture of a stern, unyielding and authoritarian figure. In a way there's a certain irony here because Supreme Court Judges are among the more respected figures in our country. And if a judge is sentencing someone whose crime was against me, then I'm all in favor of judgment.
Both of our Bible readings today tell us about judgment.

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