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Dead Enough

As the entire world is impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic, practicing social distancing and isolating, we are consumed with concern for the increasing confirmed cases and those deceased. Our scriptures are also consumed with the concept of death.

Ezekiel has a vision of dry bones within a valley, which I envision to be a remote desert similar to familiar spots in Arizona. These dry bones are the most extreme depiction of death, and yet God orders Ezekiel to prophesy that these may become covered in flesh again. But, something is missing.

In our gospel, Jesus receives word that a friend, named Lazarus, is ill. Jesus, however, waits several days until after Lazarus’ death before returning to Bethany, which is on the out-skirts of Jerusalem. Upon Jesus’ arrival he is moved, disturbed in spirit, and weeps in grief before ordering Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, to rise and come out. Lazarus does, but he is still bound.

As I pondered these scriptures, in light of these times, I recalled a segment from True Terror with Robert Englund. It shares historical reports and accounts of strange events, this particular story occurred in New Orleans in 1875 during the small pox epidemic.

A young man was declared dead, but he was alive and aware of his surroundings although unable to communicate. He was placed in a wooden coffin, loaded into a wagon, and it was departing for the local cemetery. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2020 in Sermons, Uncategorized

 

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All Saints 2018 (expanded)

Our service from the 1940s, the tolling of the bell, and the lighting of candles is a reminder of those who have come before us, especially our departed loved ones.

At this time of year, I am accused of being a “Christmas Hater”.

I have decided that I am not an actual “Christmas Hater”, but rooted in my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) I desire each season and holiday to be their own experiences before experiencing the next.

Thus, I tell the (zealot) Christmas Lovers… “we have not even had the turkey yet!”.

As Christians, especially Protestants, we tend to not honor the different experiences of Allhallowstide in our time and place. Allhallowstide is a three-day celebration of our dead that begins with a holy evening known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween on October 31st.

Side Note: Halloween is actually my favorite holiday… so I am mourning its end.

The ancient world, differing cultures, and religious faiths believe that on October 31 (All Hallows Eve) the veil between our physical world and the spiritual (or otherworldly) realm is at its thinnest. In fact, our modern Halloween practices remain rooted in All Hallows Eve.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2018 in Sermons

 

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