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The Rev. Mark Larson

Mark Larson: We Deserve to Weep

Luke 6:17-26

6th Sunday after Epiphany - Year C

February 17, 2019

The Rev. Mark Larson (ELCA)

 

"I deserve to weep."

My father and I were standing in a parking lot on a Thursday afternoon, after a funeral. The previous Monday, I'd received a phone call from the pastor of the church where my father had served for over twenty years, the church where I grew up. She had thoughtfully called to let us know about the death of one the members of that congregation. Calling him a "member" was an understatement. "Pillar" would be a more appropriate description. You know, the kind of person you always think will be there, whose fingerprints are on every square inch of that building and that ministry.

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The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:1-12

4th Sunday of Epiphany - Year A

January 30, 2011

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

I'm sitting on the couch with my laptop open, holding my phone in my hand, when I read Jesus' words. I'm waiting for my mom to text me, as I scanned through this list of all who are blessed. Some of them are the most unlikely characters: the poor in spirit, the meek, the contrite, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst to be good and upright people. Those who are abused.

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