Season of Pentecost
Sunday Between September 18 and September 24 Inclusive
September 19, 2010, Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
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The Rev. Dr. George Hermanson
Note: This sermon was preached on September 23, 2007 at Edwards (Knox) United.
All of us live in a taken for granted universe. We see this in our speech, in folk sayings, the so called common sense ideas that we operate out of, and never think about. It is a kind of, "this is how it is, this is the way things are." They are the ways we get through the day without thinking, for there is work to be done, food to prepare, sleep to catch up on, and fun to squeeze in. Most of us never think about or question this taken for grantedness. We assume this is how the world is. Our acting becomes habitual based on these concepts.
We run on automatic pilot and, often this is a good thing, and it can be dangerous. Once and while events catch us short. Some idea or event calls into question this taken for grantedness. Some dramatic happening confronts us and we wonder what is it all about? In the moment when things seem to be not how we assumed life would be, we fall back on some habit of the heart. We revert to some adage to carry us through the difficulty or joy. We don’t question the adages and when we don’t they can be dangerous.