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Topic: DULL (05/12/17)
TITLE: Sermon on the Snooze
By Chris Goglin
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I nudged my husband next to me. “Want a cough drop?”
“Sure.” Quietly unwrapping the strawberry-flavored deterrent, we both sat in anticipation.
Usually Pastor McKinney is right on with a vivacious sermon, but for some reason this morning he just wasn’t himself, or was it me? The thunder last night robbed me of a good night’s sleep.
“We will always feel better staring at the horizon,” the Pastor started off in a monotone voice. “We need to get used to realizing we have a Savior who loves us.”
As much as I understood the importance of his comments, my horizon was fading fast. I felt dizzy in my tranquil surroundings, as I sunk deeper into my chair.
Trying to force my eyeballs to focus on the determined man on stage, I kept swaying back and forth as if on a long voyage to nowhere.
“Hey,” as my husband poked me awake, “It’s not that bad.”
With a gentle whisper, “I know, I just can’t help it…I feel limp as a rag doll!”
I looked down at the sermon notes in my bulletin, “The unnoticeable has been noticed,” hmmm, I think he is staring at me.
Pastor McKinney continues boldly, “YOU are the Lord’s treasured possession!”
I awakened from my stupor, and nodded my head in agreement, and pleaded with God… Please Lord, help me to stay alert, I don’t mean to disrespect you.
My husband pinched me and just smiled.
Taking a few deep breaths, I squinted strongly, sat up straight, chest out, determined to participate.
“We will now recite the Lord’s Prayer together.” The Pastor boldly stated.
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…uhhh…give us this day our daily bread…but deliver us from evil…” I slowly slumped back in my seat and laid my head on my husband’s shoulder.
“Honey, it’s over, you can wake up now.”
Embarrassed to say the least, I stood up to hear Pastor McKinney stating, “If you missed a sermon, or would like to hear this again, please click the link on our website.”
“Good advice,” laughed my teasing partner, “We can go home now!”
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