• Pastor Roy Stetler

Sermon 20 Lent

Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12:2-6 The best things in life are free! Daffodils, budding trees, grass, and forests starting to push out color. Animals—pets, on farms, wildlife, and birds. Friends, Everything we take in with our senses—sight, smell, taste, touch, sound. These all connect us to fullness, abundance—God’s generosity. Isaiah the prophet says It’s as if we were going to the market and everything is free. The finest food, the finest wine--all free for the taking. No cost! Isaiah also reminds us that many things we buy, many things we crave, Have little lasting value. We’re so used to being satisfied, it’s tough to walk through stores with empty shelves. We are being pushed to find our satisfaction by trusting at a deeper level. Isaiah invites us to welcome the word of God, the message of God, the invitation of God To live, to be free, bound less by what we want so we can enjoy what we already have and are. Keep listening. Still ourselves long enough to hear God speak clearly. Perhaps 5 minutes, an hour, a day, a season of our life. [[Pause]] Keep listening. What abundance is God offering you today—freely? God’s generosity is greater than finding toilet paper or eggs at the grocery store. It is more than the promise of a check coming in the mail. Our physical wellbeing is vital, but the Spirit is calling us to more. . . .Among the voices of fear, loneliness, anxiety, and grief. These are difficult days, and God is speaking freedom to us if we listen, together. The message is True Abundance. Grace. Peace. God is speaking to you through Beauty, friendship, conversation, learning to trust in ever new deepening ways. Pray. Listen. Be still. Hear Isaiah once again: Ho, everyone who thirsts come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Com buy wine and milk without money and without price. . .Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may life. I will make with you an everlasting covenant. God is calling us to draw from the deep wells of consolation and courage. Peace be with you. Amen.

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