(September 6, 2009) We discover in this passage–one of my favorites!– something wonderful about God’s grace: that it is poured out even and especially on those most broken, most desperate, most in need of blessing. We also discover something true about ourselves and who we are to be as a church: we are a community of broken, hurting, desperate people, not a place for folks who have their lives together. We are a place where it is okay to doubt, to hurt, to question, to be ourselves, and together seek God’s abundant grace in even the smallest crumbs that fall from the table. (Mark 7:24-37, and a James 2:1-10, 14-17).
In this sermon, I reference the book My Red Couch: And Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith, by Claire Bischoff and Rachel Gaffron, eds.
Also, this is one of my favorite texts, and one of my favorite opportunities to talk about who we are as church. I think maybe that comes across.