What are you looking for? – We have found the Messiah, said Andrew to his brother Peter. What are you looking for? Have you found what you are looking for? example of 2 followers of Jesus, St. Augustine and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
rich man’s regret – How can we not have regrets like the rich man? Be true to who we were created to be. And to share our stories. God created each of us, in the image of God, and God created us differently. God loves each of us, why do we not love everyone since everyone is created in God’s image?
lost and found – a sermon about depression as a mental illness, and church community could either be supportive and save lives, or exacerbate things by judging those who are already suffering and discouraging appropriate medical treatment.
I’ve been preaching more regularly, and I have also been recording my sermons. It occurred to me I could podcast them!
Kind of exciting project to embark on.
Titles of top sermons from past few months
Once I figure out how to link up audio, I will upload them! Looking forward. (update: uploading done!)
I’m not going to lie. Past 24-48 hrs didn’t feel great. Tomorrow until about mid October, I have 2 conferences to present short papers in, a week long seminar/workshop and preaching once. Well, maybe that isn’t so bad. But yesterday morning until now, it felt like an insurmountable amount of overwhelming tasks before me. But a practical stranger, someone I have not really met, but has seen a picture in which I have a radiant smile on my face, reminded me to keep smiling today because my smile shows God’s love in me. I’m like, wa, wa, wa, what?
So I decided to put on my happy face today and be happy today. I don’t know how to do this. I am going to start by smiling and to keep smiling as much as I can throughout the day today. And I am going to start by being thankful for things that are going well and things that I appreciate in my life. And I am going to also think positive and good thoughts today. So yes, today is and will be a happy day, because I put on my happy face!
In Memory of my friend Esther Lee, and in order to raise awareness and financial support for suicide prevention, I plan to run my first 5K this Saturday 9/28 at 9 am in NYC.
The official event, Samaritans 21st Annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention is taking place in Boston, MA at the same time.
If you or someone you know needs to talk, call or text 877-870-HOPE (4673).
Putting this event and intention out there for awareness of preventable aspect of suicides, and if you are having suicidal feelings/thoughts, you are not alone.
I have preached past 2 Sundays on the importance of talking about depression, hopelessness, and suicides at churches and also that it takes a “village” to support those who are in need of support and compassion. Planning to preach this sermon as many times as I can, at different churches I get invited to preach at until we don’t need to hear it anymore at churches from the pulpit, from pastors, during Sunday worship.
Would you like to help me raise awareness and funds for preventing suicide? I am a virtual participant (running by myself in NYC rather than the official event in Boston, MA). So I didn’t have to pay registration fees and I’m not obligated to raise money. I’m raising money anyway in the spirit of raising awareness. Raise Awareness and Funds for Suicide Prevention
From Pastor Jarrid Wilson’s Twitter feed —
“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts.
Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression.
Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD.
Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety.
But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort.
He ALWAYS does that.”
I don’t know that depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, trauma can be cured, there is healing, but not sure there is a cure. But for sure the excruciating and mind numbing pain and suffering they can be managed. It requires vigilant up keeping of all that it takes: therapy, medicine, skills to manage anxiety and cognitive and behavior therapy to modify distorted thought and behavior, and it really takes a community and network of support to maintain one’s mental health.
I just want to say, if you are feeling hopeless, depressed, suicidal, or suffering from any pain, that I have been there and am here now and am more than happy to be here for you. Reach out, because invisibility of depression means we don’t always see it even when it’s really painful.