Nagging Questions

I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me

Luke 1:38
II Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16; Psalms 89:2-5,27-29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Sermon Week/Year

Fourth Sunday of Advent, B

A man who was experiencing a variety of emotional problems went to see a psychiatrist about the nagging questions that were plaguing his life: why was he unable to find himself; what was his life was all about? “I want to know who I am and what is the meaning of my life,” he demanded. After listening to the patient, the psychiatrist scribbled a prescription.

“Don’t come back until you have used it up,” she said. When the pharmacist read the prescription, she said to the man, “I can’t fill this, but you can!”

The prescription read, “Spend one hour every Sunday for the next four weeks watching the sunrise while walking in a cemetery.” He did it and then answered his own question.

There is a Peanuts cartoon in which Little Lucy asks, “You know what your trouble is Charlie Brown?” Then, as she often does, Lucy answers her own question: “The whole trouble with you is you don’t understand the meaning of life!”…

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