An insight I gleaned from Ernest Hemingway rings true for the mainline church today.
Season after Pentecost | 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; (Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8; Psalm 86:11-17;) Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
This year at Vacation Bible School I told the story of Jairus’s daughter. My plan was to have one child pretend to “sleep” and then be raised up by Jesus. But it turned out that all the children wanted a chance to be Jairus’ daughter. So around I went, taking the hands of “sleeping” children and touching their foreheads and saying something like, “Get up! Jesus makes you well.” As I went around raising these children and sending them off to craft sheep out of marshmallows, I could not help but think of all the children who will not be raised up.