In this Easter sermon, I draw upon Richard Rorh from his book, The Naked Now, where he asks us to understand God as Christ did, through the power of union. It's in this spiritual concept of sharing that Jesus reaches and connects all in the post-Easter rising to new life.
In this sermon, dogs teach us why they make perfect pack animals with humans through the Oxytocin that's released in us when we look at them. Bonds are formed in pack-living and God's love is gifted to us, and that is reason to celebrate with Palm leaves waving and puppy tails wagging.
In this sermon, I reference a writer Jennifer Senior who wrote an article on the Teenage mind and how it's dopamine-filled brain has major influences on the rest of our adult lives and can hold us back from maturing as spiritual and human beings.
Scripture - Joshua 5: 9-12 - God takes away the shame of Egypt from the people.
Ben Harper sings, "It takes a hundred miles of love to heal a mile of pain." This scripture reading seems to articulate something similar. Patterns of hurt can carry with us for some time, and time, and God's help, and human initiative all play a part in creating new patterns of wellness for the Hebrew people to make new lives for themselves.
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