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One In Need Of Healing: Naaman's Story
Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6

from the book
Lectionary Tales For The Pulpit
62 Stories For Cycle B

John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-Sumwalt

2 Kings 5:1-14


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We would all be well advised to be careful where and how we tell this story.

I stand before you today as one in need of healing, as Naaman was, as we all are.

We come here in our brokenness, suffering as we all do from the diseases of racism, sexism, nationalism, denominationalism and homophobia. Some of us come bearing the scars of dysfunctional families: sexual, physical and emotional abuse - both abusers and abused - some of us hurting from wounds we have received from brothers and sisters sitting in these same pews.

We come with all of our pathologies: physical, emotional and spiritual, with all of our fears and griefs, into this community of recovering, forgiven sinners, this sinful and holy, dysfunctional and redeeming church - seeking healing.

And I, for one, am glad to be here in this community where I have been both abused and loved, where I have both sinned and been forgiven. And where I have been ...

This Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 story, One In Need Of Healing: Naaman's Story, is based on 2 Kings 5:1-14 and relates to Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This story is excerpted from the book Lectionary Tales For The Pulpit . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Stories, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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