Acting Out

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, December 18, 2016, the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Text: Matthew 1:18-25


When a child is tired or anxious or hungry or sick they will often “act out.”  That is, their discomfort or need may lead to temper tantrums, defiance of authority, or fidgety activity.  The tendency to act out doesn’t go away as we age, though it may take slightly different forms.  As we mature, self-awareness allows us to manage these reactions a bit better.  But the truth is, a “problem child” (of any age) is usually one who has a valid, verifiable need and who simply yearns to have that need met.


This Advent we’ve been asking the question: What does it mean to be “prophetic?”  As we bring this series to a close, it occurs to me that prophets tend to “act out”—not in a childish way, but in a way that intentionally calls attention to places of pain, hunger, burden, or i [...]