Thursday, August 05, 2010

Lou Reed & Letter to the Hebrews

Some developing thoughts for Sunday's sermon....

In the Letter to the Hebrews reading for this Sunday, the writer recounts all some of the many ways that "By Faith" ancestors were blessed by God, and accomplished much more than they might have accomplished "on their own."  In the world of the hearers of this letter, they needed to be reminded of the ways that faith becomes tangible, and becomes even a substance.  Remembering the ways that God has acted in the past, and remembering the ways that we, too, have accomplished much "By Faith" can give us courage, and can help us, too to see that faith is tangible - that we do not hope in vain, that we can look forward in faith, for God has been there for us in the past and will continue to be there for us now, and forever.  As the persecuted early followers of Jesus needed a "Busload of Faith," we too, need a "Busload of Faith to get by" - just as Lou Reed sings in his 1989 album (remember albums) "New York"...

...we can't depend on a lot of things, we need a busload of faith to get by....

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

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