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Struggles, Death, And Christ
Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25

from the book
Sermons On The Second Reading
Series I, Cycle A

Jeff Wedge

Philippians 1:21-30


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Many people cling very tightly to life. They refuse to let go of it, and hold onto a shred of life beyond all reasonable expectations. And then there are others.

There was an old man, lying in the bed in the back bedroom, surrounded by his wife, daughter, and his four granddaughters. His breath was coming slowly, almost in sighs, and the time between the sighs was stretching to longer and longer periods.

Finally, when the silence had stretched to an unbearable length, the youngest granddaughter threw herself on the bed and cried, "Oh, Grandpa, Grandpa. Don't leave us," and then she began to cry loudly.

Her grandfather slowly moved his hand to pat her arm, then took a deep breath and said, "Let me go. It's peaceful there."

Many people are very much like the youngest granddaughter, clinging to life and expecting everyone else to cling just as strongly as she does. As people get older, some grow to be more like the ...

This Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 sermon, Struggles, Death, And Christ, is based on Philippians 1:21-30 and relates to Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second Reading . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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