Pulpit Notes: Question and Answer
Lord, in a world that seems full of pain and sorrow, we ask, “Why?” In a world where hunger and poverty is abundant, we ask, “Please?” In a world full of injustice and hate, we plead, “Intervene?” But rarely do we ask, “How?” How are You at work in the world, in history, in us?
All shall pass, so what does it all mean? You are the why; you are the please; you are the intervene; and we are the how!
Help us to not have answers, but to be present. Help us to respond to our brothers and sisters before they must beg for food, for shelter, for mercy. Help us to give injustice, pain, and misery meaning — not with answers, but with compassion that is present and the face of Christ in the world.
All shall pass, but Him! Jesus Christ is eternal. May the fleeting reality of human pain, confusion, and fear find meaning in Christ and our compassion toward others find purpose in Him. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Reverend Dr. Conrad C. Sharps