Sermon : “This Too is Part of the Journey”

 

 

Every morning I try to start my day with a moment or two of devotions.  In past churches my schedule made it impossible to do this am thankful for this precious time of study and prayer.  It has become as essential to me as morning exercises or daily vitamins.  Maintaining a healthy relationship with God is a work in progress and it is important to come to God each day with focus, devotion, and prayer.

The other day while reading my devotional from “Daily Feast” I found myself truly inspired.  The devotion reading focused on Proverbs 9:1-6, highlighting God’s invitation to each and every one of us to a blessed, fulfilled life.  The scripture reading speaks of Lady Wisdom preparing a great banquet for all to share.  The tables are set and filled with fine foods and wines.  For verses 3-6 the invitation is clear:

She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
   “Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.”

         This is a good passage to turn to as our days shift from Summer vacations and activities to the more structured moments of Fall.  Lady Wisdom gives us a valuable lesson.  Our walk of faith is a process of both structure and ease, discipline and laughter, focus and joy.  When we give our lives to Christ, we are given a life rich with the beauty of all God’s creation.  Yet in our faith we are also called to search for wisdom and truth and embrace a healthy life, fitting of the body of Christ.

Choosing the feast of Wisdom means searching out what is good and right in our lives, and noting satisfies us better than the grace and love of Jesus.  Knowing this, we must make choices that are healthy and helpful to our own well-being and the wholeness of others.  Simply put, we must ask ourselves if we are investing wisely in the gift in front of us or are we squandering the blessings of God?

In the coming months I will ask the church walk with me on a path of renewal.  I pray as we join in faith and fellowship we can work to be a healthier, happier church as well as stronger people of God.  Together we can support one another to pursue a life of wisdom that satisfies our very soul.  The feast is prepared and ready.  It is our choice to accept the invitation!

Rev. Skip Irby fills the SPC pulpit today, while Rev. Julie is on vacation. She will be back next Sunday.