Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Wait For It

Wait For It

May 25, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020 | Much of our lives are characterized by the experience of waiting and transition. We can certainly relate to that right now can’t we! Most of our waiting experiences are likely to be fulfilled in this life, we hope. But it is also true that the whole of life for every one of us is one long period of waiting and transition.

This week we hear about the Ascension, one of the major events in the history of Jesus, an event that is situated during a period of transition and waiting for disciples of Jesus. It occurs 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and 10 days before Pentecost.

What were the disciples doing during this waiting time? I am sure normal life went on – eating, sleeping, meeting with each other and maybe going to work. During our times of transition we too carry on with normal life as far as we can. But other things were also happening and these all related to the person of Jesus. And it was far from being a passive or unproductive time.

Love Connects Us

Love Connects Us

May 18, 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020 | "I will not leave you orphaned..." Thus says the Lord. Orphaned. Alone. Without guidance. Without support. Without parents. Without anyone. Mostly, "orphaned" means being so isolated in this world that it feels like no one cares whether or not we live or die.

An image of children first comes to mind when we use that word, yet any of us can be orphaned at any age. In fact, on any given day, a lot of us are orphaned, at least in spirit.

People we encounter every day if we choose to see them deal with so much—financial trauma, job loss, physical illness, spiritual desperation, emotional isolation, instability, disrupted relationships, abandonment ... the list goes on. Any one of those things not only can make us feel abandoned by the very concept of love, but also unworthy and for sure unlovable by anyone.

It is interesting that Jesus uses the word "orphaned" in this week's text from John’s gospel. It is such a potent metaphor for what he was about to do, which was to leave his beloved disciples.

To provide reassurance that they are not being abandoned, Jesus speaks of the love of God, the coming of the Spirit, who will never leave. Whether they heard him or not, he only speaks words of hope. Words of love.

Seeing God

Seeing God

May 11, 2020

Sunday, May 10, 2020 | In the reading this week from John’s gospel we hear, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” This seems like a pretty tall order don’t you think? The disciples do not seem too sure they can do that, given the circumstances.

Jesus attempts to still their troubled hearts by telling them he is leaving and he will make a place for them where he is going. On the one hand, it must have comforted them to be included. On the other, I am sure this kind of leaving must have troubled them even more.

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

May 4, 2020

In our reading this week, from the Gospel of John, we hear the familiar parable of the shepherd and the sheep. Here Jesus presents himself as the gate of the sheep pen, the place where the sheep are kept safe and secure. Jesus says in the next verse following our reading for today that, “I am the good shepherd.”

What we learn from our reading for this week is that Jesus - whether gate keeper or shepherd - is that he is the opposite of the thief's who come to steal and destroy. Jesus has come to bring life, and to bring it abundantly.

During this Easter season the message continues to be that Jesus came to share with us something that is way better than anything else we can imagine!

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