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When Jacob Got A Vision
Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17

from the book
Sermons On The First Readings
Series I, Cycle A

Arley K. Fadness

Genesis 29:15-28


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The storyteller is talking about great men and women of vision.

He is a park ranger dressed in a green uniform matching the Ponderosa pines that surround the campsite. Campers from many states and a couple of foreign countries sit fascinated in the park's natural amphitheater. Soon they will go back to their tents, cabins, and recreational vehicles to reflect on images dancing in their heads of Chief Crazy Horse battling General George Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn, of Gutzon Borglum sculpting a mountain into the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt, and of Korcak Ziolkowski blasting another mountain nearby to celebrate Native American heroes.

"Great men and women are possessed by a mission and a vision," Ranger Smith lectures. "Abraham Lincoln's vision was, 'Preserve the Nation.' FDR's was 'End the Depression.' Nelson Man--dela's, 'End Apartheid.' Joan of Arc's, 'Free France.' Nehemiah's, 'Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.' 'Environmentalists,' 'Boycott Mahogany; Save the Rainforest.' "

Then the storytelling ranger surprises ...

This Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 sermon, When Jacob Got A Vision, is based on Genesis 29:15-28 and relates to Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The First Readings . 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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