Last Sunday our Lead Pastor,
began his sermon this way: "We don’t know her name, we only know her
condition. So that is how we identify her; that is how we refer to
her. She is 'the woman with the issue of blood.' When we think of
the notable people in Scripture – the great heroes of faith – we don’t think of
her. But we should. We think of Daniel and David; Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego; Abraham, Mary, Joshua, and more. And rightly
so. But we do not think of her. Perhaps because we do not know her
by name; we only know her by malady. She is 'the woman with the issue of
blood.' But here, in this small part of the Body of Christ, I’d like for
us to change her identity. We still don’t know her name, but we can call
her something else. Call her 'the woman of remarkable perseverance.'
Call her 'the woman with unsinkable hope.' Call her 'the woman of
uncommon faith.' Call her 'the woman who touched Jesus,' for that is what
makes her so important and so exemplary for us today." David Kalas
It got me thinking about our son, Dustin, who died March 29, 1998, and in whose memory SOUND BITES is sent out each day. Dustin could have been known as "the boy who had seizures," or "the boy who could not talk or walk," or "the boy who died at the age of 16 from a brain tumor." But I would like us to change his identify, as Pastor David suggested. Call him "the boy with the big smile." Call him "the boy who fought valiantly," which is what his name means. Call him "the boy who was loved by many." Call him "the boy who inspired this
SOUND BITES Ministry."
This coming week marks the 13th anniversary of SOUND BITES. I will be out of the office all week, but would love to hear how God has used SOUND BITES to minister to you, or how you have used it to minister to others.
Simply post your comment here, or e-mail SOUND BITES Ministry™.
Rev. , Dave Wilkinson SOUND BITES Ministry™, First United Methodist
Church, Green Bay, WI