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With suicide in the U.S. headlines once again in recent days, I cannot help but here messages of hope and extravagant love in the texts this week. There is comfort and there is challenge in these passages. What are we willing to risk in order to share hope and healing to those most vulnerable among us? The suicide rate continues to climb through all age groups, including children. As church, we have a message that may help save lives if we can find a way to share it.
Starting with the Joshua text, there is much promise and hope here. Right out on the plains of Jericho, for all the world to see, God liberated the Israelites from the shame of Egypt. They were slaves no longer. They were a wandering people no longer. They were in a new land, a re-gathered, re-membered people who could live on the land and no longer had need of the manna that had sustained them. On that Passover so long ago, God demonstrated, yet again, the great, unwavering love God has for God’s people. No matter where they had been, how lost they had become, or how far they had wandered from God’s ways, God reclaimed them with gladness and joy.
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The psalmist speaks of God’s great love for the vulnerable ones as well. When we try to hide our sin, our shame, our pain, our foolishness from God, we turn away from the possibility of forgiveness, grace, and healing. When we come to God with our whole selves including our brokenness, our depression, our inadequacy, our overwhelming pain, only then can God’s love become that which protects us from the crush of the rushing, mighty waters. There is no place we can go where God is not already there waiting for us, wanting to...
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