Inviting Jesus All the Way In

Sermon for June 28, 2015
Pentecost 5
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Mark 5:21-43

Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!…
Jonathan lies slain upon your high places.
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
greatly beloved were you to me. – From 2 Samuel

The words are David’s, from his lamentation after the death of King Saul and his son, David’s beloved friend Jonathan. We all know that David was a great lyricist and singer and the composer of the Psalms.   But suppose – God forbid – David had a tin ear.  What song might David then listen to to help give voice to his grief?

To help him in his grief, I can see David listening to songs like “In My Life,” by the Beatles, or Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt.”  Or maybe he’d listen to Boyz II Men’s “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye,” or  Mariah Carey’s “Without You.”  Or maybe he’d listen to Celine Dion’s, “My Heart Will Go On,” or Diamond Rio’s, “One More Day.”  (“One more day, one more time, one more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied.”) Continue reading