Dear Church Family,
The following is taken from the sermon I offered at Friends Church on Sunday, August 6th, coming soon in video and transcript form to the sermons page at www.friends-ucc.org.
In Genesis 32, Jacob wrestled with an angel of God. If we place ourselves in Jacob’s shoes, what does that wrestling match mean for us? James Newsome suggests, “even in the midst of our struggles with God and with self, the most enduring word is a word of God's grace,” and once we’re in a wrestling match like that, why would we ever want to let it go?
When I was in my early 20s, my Grandfather, my mom’s dad, was in his twilight years. I was in college and working, trying to shift into this thing called “adulting.” In my self-absorbed mind—I have to confess—I didn’t really want to go visit Granddaddy all that much. I was reluctant to get into that wrestling match with him. But then I’d walk into the living room at his old house, and I’d find him sitting on the recliner trying to dose off, and I’d sit across from him, and things would start to get real. I’d look into his eyes that had seen the Great Depression, into his face with more than eighty years of wisdom tracked across it, and I’d realize how wet behind the ears I was. I’d see how confused and worried I was about my life.