Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29* – Palm Sunday (6th Sunday of Lent) â€“ for Sunday, March 20, 2016
â€œThe stone rejected by the builders is now the main foundation stone . . .” (Psalm 118:22)
No one likes rejection.
Before the teen years end, a boy or girl we once gave our wholehearted love to will start dating someone else. Itâ€™s okay though, our former flame will say with words that burn, we can still be friends . . .
I sought a job in Oregon once that seemed perfect. My wife and I had moved to the Northwest for her new position at a university andâ€”truly feeling Godâ€™s guidance during phone and in-person interviewsâ€”I felt humbly confident my future employers would offer me the position. Then came the final phone call . . .
At a ministry conference in the 1980s, I attended a relaxed Q & A with guest speaker Alice Walker of â€œThe Color Purpleâ€ fame. As a then young pastor (and longing to be a published author), I asked her how often sheâ€™d been rejected in her early career. I can still picture Ms. Walker thoughtfully nodding, and thenâ€”gazing at meâ€”saying, â€œNever.â€ For a brief, darkish second, I despised her. Why was there always someone who never experienced . . .
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