I Kings 19:16,19-21; Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11; Galatians 5:1,13-18; Luke 9:51-62
A famous preacher received a letter from a church member, which began as follows: “I listened to your sermon on suffering last Sunday. I just wanted you to know that I didn’t know what suffering was until I heard you preach.” On a more serious note, he received a letter from another member — a mother — who wrote that she didn’t know what love was until she really heard the Gospel preached.
The preacher explained that this mother was always very active in the Church, always ready to help. And she believed she was a Christian. But there was one big problem. One of her children, it seems, had given her a lot of trouble. The mother complained that her child learned how to say ‘No’ at an early age — and then just kept saying it. This disrupted the mother’s comfortable life, and she began to resent her daughter for it. And her resentment became more and more evident to the daughter until,…