Turn Our Hearts... We Are One - 03/10/2013

Sermon Text:  Galatians 3:23-29

   She is sitting at the piano doing just as her teacher instructs. She holds her hands just as she’s told. She has even memorized the piece perfectly … each note struck with deadly accuracy. But her heart is not in it … only her fingers. What she’s playing is a sort of music … but nothing that will start voices singing or feet tapping.
   Are your HEARTS in it … or only your FINGERS?

   I read a sad and poignant piece some time ago. It went like this:
“The turning point in my life was the death of my father. It was a funny thing. Here you are watching this beautiful guy with white hair lying in his bed, dying of a heart attack. You hear him ramble and wander and talk about his life: ‘I never was anything … I didn’t mean anything…’ You watch death, and then you say, ‘Wait a minute. What’s going on with him is going to hit me. What am I doing between now and my death?’ You begin to assess your own life and that’s a shock. I didn’t come up smelling like a rose.”


   That’s the question I want us to think about today, on this the 4th Sunday in Lent. What are you doing with your life between NOW and YOUR DEATH? What does your life mean?
   Are your HEARTS in it … or only your FINGERS?

   How do we answer that question? It definitely seems to be an increasingly pressing one for many in our culture and time. How is it that so many find their days so devoid of meaning, with no future to speak of … so filled with a sense of futility? I think part of the reason, just might lie in the fact that a “life of purpose” makes demands of us … calls us to get out of ourselves and into commitments to something higher than our OWN interests, preoccupations, pastimes.
   I mean, come on, we see it in the world around us … it is FULL of urgent needs that call for our attention and energy. But we tend to get so easily wrapped up in OUR busy schedules, OUR diversions and the demands of maintaining some semblance of OUR life … that we NEVER stop to ask whether we ought to tone it down a bit, and give more of ourselves to the needs of the larger world
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