What’s a preacher’s worst nightmare?

11 Apr

What’s a preacher’s worst nightmare?

A. You left your sermon notes at home and forgot what you were going to say

B. You left your clothes at home and you are buck naked in front of the congregation

C. Your host family’s only son dies while you are staying with them.

D. You preach too long, the candles are too hot, and the teenager beside the window plunges out the window, falling three floors down to his death.

E. During a worship service, a member of the congregation prays, “I am in total darkness like someone long dead, I have given up all hope, and I feel numb all over.”

If you answered “C,” then you are correct according to today’s assigned reading from 1 Kings 17:17-24. A woman’s son has died. But the Lord, through the prophet Elijah, raises the woman’s son back to life.

If you answered “D,” that’s the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:7-12. But once again, the Lord through the Apostle put the kid back together again, alive and well. Paul apparently didn’t learn anything. He went back upstairs and kept on preaching until midnight, celebrating Holy Communion in the early morning hours.

If you answered “E,” that’s the prayer from today’s Psalm 143.

“Moral of the story?” We kill ’em,the Lord raises them 😉 ???

All right, now it’s your turn to do better. What is God saying in the pattern of these readings today? What do you think?





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