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(Click above link for the Scripture texts upon which this sermon is based)
A friend of mine once opened a sermon on the
you know, that one in the mythical garden of Eden
that was such a delight to behold
he opened that sermon, with a story about his daughter.
He and his wife were out in their yard one day
when she was, oh, around 5 years old.
His house was in a suburban corner of Denver,
and while not on a particularly busy street
he wanted to be CAREFUL.
So they told her: Look, you can play anywhere you want to in this yard.
you can run up and down the porch
you can dig in the garden with ma and pa
you can draw in chalk on the sidewalk.
the only thing you can’t do is go into the street.
They looked at her very closely and asked her if she understood.
Of course, she nodded,
in that very cute way that 5 year olds have mastered.
And no sooner than they had turned their gaze away to gather their gardening tools
their daughter walked directly to the curb in front of that house
and stopped, turning to see that her parents were watching
and ever so gently tapped her toe on the asphalt of the street!
Does any of that sound familiar?
I can see that in my own children, and, when I’m honest,
I can see a lot of that in myself.
One of the things I love about the bible, when we read it with open eyes,
is the way that it reveals something about us, something human,
and tries to get us to reflect on how we might grow
more the way God wants us to be, created us to be
more….human. [Read more…]