A Force, Not a Feeling

December 3, 2017 | Rev. Julia Hamilton

As Ken Ryals and I were sitting in his office, picking out the hymns for this morning’s service, I realized that I was gravitating toward songs singing the  praises of the natural world, toward alleluias for the myriad beauties of the earth.

I hope you enjoyed singing these hymns of praise with me this morning. The earth really is quite a beautiful place. The animals, the plants, the waters and skies and sunsets. Breathtaking.

But us human beings . . . well, we’ve got some work to do.

I’m a bit dissatisfied with our human corner of creation these days.

I’m a bit demoralized by the news about the looming tax cut tragedy. I’m a bit heartbroken by the number of lives lost to gun violence. I’m a bit overwhelmed by the disasters in places like Puerto Rico. I’m a bit terrified by the missile test launches and casual talk of nuclear warheads.

Can I get an “amen”?

Do you feel this, too? Do you feel stuck in this cycle of conflict with the world? Do you feel dissatisfied, disgusted, distressed, or otherwise disgruntled with what your fellow human beings are doing?

Well, the 20th-century German theologian Jurgen Moltmann would say, Good! That dissatisfaction means that you are in touch with the hopeful heart of life.

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