Most of us have things we say often. My kids have heard me say some variation of “Nothing of value comes without work” or “Nothing that matters is easy” probably more times than they want. The idea isn’t a bad one, it is true, most things we want take some work to get. No one is born with an innate ability to play the piano or make speeches or perform surgery. We have to work to get good at things so why would I have a sermon titled, “Sometimes it is easy”?
There is a part of some people, and I’m certainly one of them, that is suspicious of easy things. It’s an okay suspicion to have as most of the time it is true. But not always.
The Old Testament lesson for this Sunday is the story of Naaman. Naaman was a general who needed help with a health matter and when he received the prescription stomped away in anger . . . at least at first. He was eventually helped but it took a moment or two for him to allow himself to follow the prescription.
There is at least one lesson in this ancient story and I think I articulated it accurately. Give the sermon a listen and let me know what you think. Oh, by the way, there is only one sermon for this Sunday and the rest of the Sundays in July as Knox Presbyterian is not having services.