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Learning to trust…Again

This past Saturday I had the honor of preaching at a prayer breakfast for the Women of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan is the pastor. It was a sermon on prayer based on the parable found in Luke (18:1-8) encouraging the disciples not to lose heart and to pray without ceasing.   

It’s the story of a widow and the unjust judge. Jesus speaks about a poor widow with no one in her life to advocate for her. She is desperate. She has no place to go. The only man in her town who can grant her justice is a no-good disrespectful judge who doesn’t care about God or people.  Even though this no-good judge has a no-good reputation, the woman bothers him again and again so that justice can be served in her life. Finally, the no-good judge gives her what she needs so that she can leave him alone.    

Jesus flips this story on its head as he offers the punch line. Our amazing and great God is the complete OPPOSITE of the unjust judge. We serve a loving judge, a holy judge, a righteous judge, a forgiving judge, and a faithful judge. Jesus came searching for the kind of faith that will allow us to run to God with all of our concerns, vulnerabilities, fears, hopes and dreams. 

As I preached this sermon to a room full of women who resounded with “Alleluia”, “Amen” and “Preach it”, I realized that I was preaching to myself. The transition of returning to Wayne Presbyterian Church forced me to seek the face of God in ways I had not done in a long time. As we prepared for this transition, I had to be honest about my fears, my concerns, my hopes, my joys, and my dreams. And I had to TRUST that the Righteous Judge would meet my needs, the needs of my family, and needs of the church that I now call home, again.

The question Jesus posed then is one that is still relevant for us today.  Jesus is asking every disciple to have the faith to trust God, seek God, and to make your request known before God. Trusting God is not an intellectual endeavor. It requires honesty, openness, and vulnerability.  Trusting God means never giving up on the gift of prayer and staying in dialogue with God, no matter what we find on the other side of our requests. As I heard my pastor say this past Sunday, “spiritual maturity is not just knowing God loves you, but trusting in it”.

No matter where we are in our journey of faith together, may we trust with our heart, soul, mind and strength that we are loved by the holy and righteous judge this day and always... Amen

Aisha Brooks-Lytle

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