Beautiful Broken World

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A homily preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC December 4, 2016, the second Sunday of Advent.


 Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 


Why do we have to feel pain?  Our physical bodies are designed to alert us when there is danger; when we touch something hot, pain causes us to protect ourselves.  Ignoring chronic physical pain allows whatever is causing the issue to get worse.  Emotional pain is less straightforward perhaps, but wisdom reveals that there are similar dynamics at play.  Loneliness, betrayal, fear, disappointment, insecurity, guilt, loss, grief…these things have to be named and addressed or the pain of them will continue unabated.  We know that denial or suppression of our emotional pain does not make the source or the pain disappear, but rather can lead to all sorts of nasty, destructive behaviors.  In order for any healing or freedom to happen, we have to allow ourselves to feel the pai [...]