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Jun 6, 2016

Love is action. - Reverend Beverly Gibson

The song "Is That All There Is?", made famous by Peggy Lee, is sung from the disenchanted point of view of a woman underwhelmed by unique experiences of life and even love. Charles Taylor writes about this disenchanted world of secularism and a societal disembodiment of spirituality in his book "A Secular Age". Are these prevalent feeling in our noisy and "more is better" world? Is there a yearning for more epidemic - especially with Millennials? If so, how do we offset this ennui for ourselves and others?

On our 15th episode, Reverend Beverly Gibson shares her thoughts and insights on the readings of Elijah and Jesus's miracle of resurrecting a child from the dead. These readings are strong lessons of God's power to "give life back" to us after loss and misdirection-in unexpected, sometimes sudden and shocking ways. We may go through a time in which all joy and the possibility of hope and life seem impossibly beyond our reach. And then something unexpected, surprising happens, and we are "given life back." We can participate in this happening for others, too, if we genuinely have and act on the compassion that Jesus and Elijah shows.  

Today's Pulpit To Pew show, lesson and daily take-away is more questions of reflection than answers: Do I (we) bring life to other's? Like Anne Litt's music curation lists for Spotify and KCRW, do I (we) routinely contribute uplifting and surprising things that others normally would not have found? Or, should we do what Peggy Lee suggests: stop worrying about life and "break out the booze and have a ball - if that's all there is"?

Readings:
1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24)
Galatians 1:11-24
Luke 7:11-17

Pulpit To Pew is a discussion between priest (Rev. Beverly Gibson) and parishioner (Johnny Gwin) on the weekly lessons and readings. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple iTunes, Overcast App, Soundcloud.com and of course pulpittopew.com.