Something from nothing

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A sermon about how God works in the world. Through us and our everyday struggles to overcome

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Something from nothing

  1. 1. Knowing that their planet krypton is about to destructtwo desperate parents build aspacecraft and put their child in it. The spacecraft lands and the baby is found by theKents , who raise him. As he grows up on Earth, they discover that he has superhuman powers. TheKents teach Clark to use these powers responsibly to help others and fight crime. This is the origin of Superman
  2. 2. When he was one year old, the most evil wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years attempted to kill this young man. As a result,Harry is orphaned and sent to live with his only remaining family, the Dursleys. On his eleventh birthday, Harry learns he is a wizard whenHagrid arrives to tell him that he is to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft andWizardry. He eventually learns that he is chosen one.
  3. 3. Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive SpiderAnd becomes Spider Man
  4. 4. Luke lived a normal life on Tatooine until he realizes that he is a Jedi. He eventually discovers that he has a twinsister (Leah) and that Darth Vader is HIS FATHER.
  5. 5. Steve Austin, astronaut: a man barely aliveGentlemen we can rebuild him. We have the technology.We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man Steve Austin will be that man.Better than he was before Better, Stronger, Faster (Oscar Goldman)
  6. 6. Our significant heroes – real or otherwise- have an origin story that is some how fantastic . This was not invented by comic books or authors , or movie writers – but byancient story tellers.
  7. 7. Back stories are invented when somebody does something great toproclaim their birth as great. Thus linking them to the divine.
  8. 8. Which is why it is so odd that for ancient Israel, new hope comes to bethrough desperate prayer of apowerless Woman.
  9. 9. Hannah, asks Godfor help and is given the child Samuel.Here the way of thedivine triumphs over the social circumstances thatmarginalize women.
  10. 10. Important to note – whatthis story is not about - it is not about God lettingyou have kids – nor about God letting you have two wives. What does this text sayabout God? God does notgive everybody what they want if they ask enough
  11. 11. God does not meet the expectations of the norm but lifts up the lowly. God Meets people in their suffering – It is the dark Knight of our soul. Think of ourheroes- torment is partas much a part of their reality – as are superpowers
  12. 12. So it is with each of usand our own unfulfilled hope – that where we bear scorn, and are marginalized – when what you want morethan anything else – Isthe very thing that can not be. That still we find hope, identity purpose.
  13. 13. In faith we say…. God enters and turns the world upside down ‘God raises up the poor from the dust; God lifts the needyfrom the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour.’
  14. 14. This is who you can expect God to be and how you can expect God to find you. Obvious question – will God do this for me? - God will not act in the same way - this is not a cookies cutter… God will do this…if you do this…that’s the part of religion we have messed up .
  15. 15. This ancient song of Hannahtells the story of how they see God working in ordinary people in everyday things. God works with nothing. Brings something out of it.The Bible starts by saying… In the beginning there was nothing …and God created. Which again is not our proofagainst evolution… but rather our understanding that God creates …
  16. 16. Danger lurks all around not the Valdemort, Empire, Kryptonite, but the soul crushing – and far more frighteningdanger of everyday reality in which we think that world can not change – that we can not help our kids – that violence –hatred and bullying wins.
  17. 17. When you feel this way – remember not only does God reach out to the powerless, but God elevates them to strength. This is Gods business it is what God does. Nothing turns into something. Barrenness turns to fruitfulness. Hopelessness transforms intohopefulness. Regret from the past moves to joy over the future.So walk in hope, walk in faith, walk in the knowledge that you can make a difference and challengeyourself to see how God is working in the everyday reality that is the miracle of life.
  18. 18. When theworld says, “Give Up” HopeWhispers,“Try it onemore time.”

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