Stepping Out: Traveling Mercies

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC January 22, 2017, the third Sunday after the Epiphany.

 Texts: Isaiah 9:2-4, Matthew 4:12-23  


“Traveling mercies…”  These two words are often shared as a kind of blessing prayer as someone steps out upon a journey.  “Traveling mercies.”  I love to travel and always want to explore something new.  But I also get very anxious about leaving home—I worry about Harvey and AnnieRose (my dog and cat), I worry that my house is going to catch on fire (an old imagined nightmare).  I tend to manage anxiety pretty well most of the time, but, in addition to taking long trips away from home, two other things I really struggle with are gridlock and getting to the airport to catch a flight.  Both of those things require serious deep breathing exercises.  When gridlock is part of my journey to the airport to catch a flight, all bets are off.  I go into full-on [...]