I love what Frederick Buechner says about life in his book Wishful Thinking.
A sacrament is when something holy happens. It is transparent time, time which you can see through to something deep inside time.
Generally speaking, Protestants have two official sacraments (the Lord’s Supper, Baptism) and Roman Catholics these two plus five others (Confirmation, Penance, Extreme Unction, Ordination, and Matrimony). In other words, at such milestone moments as seeing a baby baptized or being baptized yourself, confessing your sins, getting married, dying, you are apt to catch a glimpse of the almost unbearable preciousness and mystery of life.
Needless to say the church isn’t the only place where the holy happens. Sacramental moments can occur at any moment, any place, and to anybody. Watching something get born. Making love. A high-school graduation. Somebody coming to see you when you are sick. A meal with people you love. Looking into a stranger’s eyes and finding out he’s not a stranger.
If we weren’t blind as bats, we might see that life itself is sacramental.
from Wishful Thinking by Frederick Buechner
We look forward to experiencing the sacrament of communion on Sunday as we enjoy the sacrament of living every day.
Of all the stories of all the people of all time, God chose certain ones to include in the Bible.
In this sermon, I talk about how to get the most out of Bible Stories – as we begin our journey through some of them in the weeks ahead.
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