Summary: This sermon is about the necessity of prayer in our lives.
“In a Little While”
By Rev. A. LaMar Torrence,
Cross of Life Lutheran Church
Scripture: John 16:1-24
I yet believe that like the Psalmist that I too shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” That is what faith is. Faith is simply believing that one day we will see the goodness of the Lord manifested in our lives. Faith believes that one day the glory of the father shall shine all around us. Faith is waiting for that glory to appear. It’s waiting for God to make all things work for the good of those who love the Lord. Faith is waiting to see what good can come from our trials and tragedies? It’s waiting to see what good can come from being diagnosis with AIDS or cancer. It’s waiting to see what good can possible come from a spouse walking out on a relationship. Faith is saying, “I still believe that after all that has happened. After friends are no longer returning my phone calls, after family members have turned their backs on me, after enemies are celebrating my disappointments, I still believe that I will see his goodness. Faith is hoping in a God who in spite of your present circumstances can still fill your heart with goodness and your soul with satisfaction.
And during times like these we need much faith. To say that times are hard would be a pronouncement in social rhetoric. The truth of our current climate indicates that there are more storm clouds ahead, more strong winds to blow, and more turbulence is soon to come. These are dark cloudy days. Our lives are being drowned in mire and we are struggling to climb out of our pits of despair and fear. Wall Street is trying to climb out of a recession and bear market. Congress is struggling to climb out of decades of political warfare and mudslinging. Society at large is trying to climb out of pits of fear and terror. And yet, with all our climbing, we still find ourselves slowly sinking in a mire of worry and uncertainty. Companies, like Ford, Kmart, Lucent, and Verizon are sinking in layoffs, bankruptcy, and downsizing. Government is still sinking with corruption and dirty politics. Homes, families, and marriages are still sinking in dysfunction, divorce, and distress. I mean one would think that after 911, the gulf war, and Iraqi freedom things could not get any worse; and yet, slowly, things are. After Columbine, our schools are still contaminated with gangs, drugs, and violence. After the famous domestic violence cases of Nicole Simpson and Tina Turner, our homes are still infected with various forms of abuse. Slowly we are sinking into a miry culture of confusion and chaos. We are trying harder than ever to leave normal lives; yet we are working double time to pick-up to the slack due to corporate downsizing and cutbacks. We are trying to spend quality time with our families and love ones; yet we are afraid to travel to once love vacation spots. We are trying to keep the faith that things will improve and get better; yet according to psychologists, we are still traumatized, and grief stricken.