Easter 6A

Turning, Turning

I thought I would write something about this week’s epistle, until I read it again. It begins thusly:

“Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?” (1 Peter 3:13)

That alone is enough to give a person pause.

The author goes on in a number of different directions, making the point that suffering for what’s right is basically okay, which is his way of saying we’re blessed in our brokenness, which is certainly what I am hoping to get at in my sermon this week.


I don’t know about you, but I really don’t enjoy suffering. And I have to admit that although I sometimes accuse various people of believing God is more like Santa Claus, I am guilty of hewing to a theology of everything coming ’round right, sort of a Happily Ever After meets Simple Gifts meets “when I was a little girl my mom read The Story of the Trapp Family Singers aloud to me, and I’ll never forget that part about how when God closes a door he opens a window.” I snort at happy-clappy music, but how far away am I from the people who visualize a parking place when they go downtown?

I have my own mythology, with its own potential traps.


I don’t want to say more about the epistle (except maybe to say that I giggle when I read the part about baptism not being to remove dirt from the body), but I do wonder, what childhood impressions or snatches of songs or bits of something you once heard form your default thinking about how the world works?  I hope you’ll share in the comments.

9 thoughts on “Turning, Turning”

  1. I took it to heart when my mother told me I would be struck by lightening for…whatever it was that I was doing.
    I enjoyed this post. I’m thinking about similar things from my brain pool that do not fit but seem to stick with me anyway.


  2. Yes, I heard things like that, too! The elderly nanny of a family friend used to tell me my face would freeze if I were frowning when the clock struck.


  3. I don’t know about the last questions, but this: “Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?”
    Yeah, I’ve got something to say about that…


  4. In a similar vein, “Every dark cloud has a silver lining” is pretty well ingrained in me and influences much of my thinking. True, except when it’s not, and things are just stinky.


  5. Similar to Esperanza, my grandmother used to say “There’s no great loss without some small gain.” My mother said “Don’t wish your life away.” And my Sunday school superintendent at the Sunday school in the firehouse said, “I wept because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” I don’t know…those are not such bad things to try to live by. Maybe with some thought I’ll come up with some more pernicious ideas.


  6. “Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?” (1 Peter 3:13)
    I should say and as I believe – NO ONE!


  7. “Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?” (1 Peter 3:13)
    I should say and as I believe – NO ONE!


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