Summary: Wouldn't it be horrible to have to keep all our trash and haul it around for ourselves?
“Jesus 101: Nothing But Trash”
Every Thursday evening Barb and I pull trash duty – we put all our trash and garbage in the big brown container and place it by the street. Friday, trash haulers come by and carry it all away to a place designed to dispose of nothing but trash. Isn’t that great? Wouldn’t it be horrible to have to keep all the trash and garbage bags, and haul them around for ourselves?
Speaking of trash – just WHAT’S IN YOUR TRASH BAG? What are you lugging around with you? Isaiah (4a) talked about trash – he labelled it infirmities and sorrows. Are you hauling around some INFIRMITIES? Where are you weak and struggling in body, mind, or spirit? Perhaps you or a loved one is ill, fighting disease or bodily decay, and just can’t seem to get on top of it. Or maybe the doctor has said those dreadful words, “It’s terminal”, or “There’s nothing more I can do.” Maybe the problems keep mounting and the solutions are hidden from your view. It might be that your handicap has you down and discouragement has set in. It could be that doubts have slipped into your mind and you’re wrestling with issues of faith. Possibly your sexual desires are stronger than ever and you’re afraid you might give in – or perhaps you already have. Maybe it’s anger that keeps building up inside, or has already burst forth and caused lots of damage. It might even be that a burning desire for revenge now possesses you. Or is it a deepening sense of shame for something you’ve done? Whoever you are, you have come this morning with some infirmity – probably more than one. It’s nothing but trash you carry around with you. It’s important to identify and acknowledge it.
Maybe your trash bag includes some SORROWS? Many of us carry around regrets over someone we’ve hurt, mistakes we’ve made, damage we’ve done, or opportunities we’ve missed. Or it could be those hastily spoken words that caused pain for others. Maybe you’re sorrowful over broken relationships – some of your own or perhaps of a loved one. It might be you’re disappointed in yourself for what you’ve become, or failed to become – or for how you’ve behaved, or failed to behave. Some of you are in the throes of loneliness and long for companionship or friendship – just some constant, supportive, loving presence in your life. Or you‘ve lost your job and that loss overwhelms you. You may be sorrowing over the loss of a loved one, someone so precious to you. You miss them more than ever. Your grief, the pain of loss and pangs of emptiness, never go away, or even lessen; you’ve begun to suspect that maybe time doesn’t always heal. Whoever you are, you have come this morning with some sorrow. It’s nothing but trash you carry around with you. It’s important to identify and acknowledge it.