Rev. Jimmie Scott
Quite a number of years ago I wrote a sermon on a topic I had heard discussed on public radio. The topic was willingness. One person in the conversational interchange spoke about how the many difficulties he had experienced in his life suddenly changed when he became willing to change. He then declared that willingness is a practice that greases the Cosmos. I have used his analogy to narrate my own cosmic journey and am still using it to remind myself to never get stuck in my opinions, habits or life patterns. The pandemic is forcing me to remember that commitment on many levels and at the same time I am opening myself to new ways of being. What I am finding as a result of these openings is that sacrifices are illusions of our own making. It is a hangover from the ancient Hebrew texts that suggested if a person sacrificed something it would make them closer to God. Jesus destroyed that mythology by revealing the kingdom within. Turning inwardly on a regular basis makes a person more willing to see a broader perspective, greater possibilities. They in turn bolster our faith, remind us to be patient, and to visualize greater days ahead.
Keep the faith!