Sunday Sermon, The Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles: "Those Who Lose Their Lives Shall Find Them"

January 23, 2022

“It is hard and beautiful work that we are anointed into: release, recovery, healing, freedom, the ability to see and understand, the ability to uphold societal justice and take on the ensuring sacrifice.”

Inspired by the writings of D. H. Lawrence, Barbara Brown Taylor, and the late Thích Nhất Hạnh, the Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles preaches this morning about the mysterious, life-giving “third thing” that springs from us and connects us beyond ourselves.

“To run from what hurts is natural; to face it is not. And yet that is where our true health lies,” writes Barbara Brown Taylor. “If we are able to turn toward the pain of the work, and let it do its work, the result may be hearts broken open to God and one another. Those who lose their lives shall find them.” The readings are Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12–31a; and Luke 4:14–21.

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