Sermon for Rogation Sunday - Isaiah 55; John 16
Two-thirds of Japan is covered in mountains, did you know that? It is said that those mountains are the reason why Japanese fish tastes so good. The reason why the fisheries of Japan are so well-stocked. It isn’t because the mountains are bigger than other mountains. It isn’t because the mountains come to life and tend the fish. It isn’t because the fish live in the mountains. It is because of the meltwater. Snow falls on those mountains, and then in spring that snow melts and runs down the mountains into the sea. This water carries along with-it minerals and energy that feeds and grows the population of plankton that inhabits the coastlines. This plankton being the source of food for the fish. Well-fed plankton breeding well-fed healthy fish, breeding good tasting fish. Hence, the fish are good because of the mountains. The fish don’t know that. They just show up and eat the plankton. They know where to eat and get their fill. They aren’t even thinking, “Wow. I am going to taste good on someone’s sushi.” No. They are receiving their nutrients and not worried about what the plankton looks like or whether it is free-range plankton or Japanese plankton, or American plankton. It’s food and they’re being gifted it for no reason other than the fact the Lord makes it snow on the mountains, makes the snow melt, which feeds the plankton, which feeds the fish.
Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter and Confirmation Sunday - Isaiah 29; James 1; John 16
Carry and I just got back from a quick trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was our first vacation together, just the two of us, in the last five years. No, I am not counting the fancy trip I took her on to Synod Assembly last year. We usually time our vacations around big anniversaries – 5, 10, 15, 20 years – so on and so forth. I spent part of our vacation apologizing to her because usually, when we go somewhere, my historian-side overrules my husband nature and so I drag her to all these things that I find absolutely incredible, and she might not. Ruins, old churches, museums. Defunct houses in the middle of nowhere. So, I had to say I’m sorry over our anniversary dinner at El Meson because I felt like she was having to put up with my unfortunate whim for anything archeological or historical. She said she liked what we went to see, enjoyed it, so if you are wondering if we need counseling, you might be right, but she and I are good. I think.