Publisher's note: The following is the final rough draft of a sermon delivered July 10 at Park Place Christian Church, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Who is my neighbor?
In my head this morning I'm hearing Rev. Alice say, "If you care to leave your Bibles open to the passage in Luke ...."
Tuesday morning. I'm at my table. Yes, still in my underwear. Going through the morning's email and first cup of coffee. That little message box pops out of the Facebook blue in the bottom right corner of my screen. It's Rev. Alice.
"Hey, Jim, how would you like to preach for me Sunday?"
No one here is more stunned and amazed to see me standing here this morning than me. When Alice asked if I would fill in for her today, the first words I heard after “NO!” were lines from American singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson. “Why me, Lord?” The answer...and kind of a snarky one, I thought... “Why not you?”