Last Sunday, Emily Viverette reminded us that “Jesus Happened,” to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, to Sara Miles, and to us at some point in our lives. Jesus happens to each of us in different ways, probably at multiple times throughout our lives. Jesus happened to me as a child through a very nurturing church that was keen on growing good leaders. Jesus happened through youth ministry that let my friends and I make mistakes, but kept us grounded and whole.
Outside of the Church, Jesus happened to me through a group of caring educators who stuck their necks out for a slacker in whom they saw potential. Jesus happened to me again in the classroom the first time a professor led us through Genesis 1 and 2, exposing the mythological characteristics of our creation stories. Jesus happened the first time I preached in Homiletics and was assured by so many that I had just discovered a new skill.
Jesus happened last summer when I was offered an internship that let me be in the midst of another nurturing faith community and play in the dirt at the same time. Jesus happened again this year when I was offered this wonderful opportunity to serve with you again. Jesus keeps happening in my life, and it’s a wonderful surprise every single time.
Think to yourself about the ways in which Jesus has happened to you, and look for ways in which you can make Jesus happen for others. This coming week we’ll be learning about what happened to Paul when Jesus happened to him, I hope you’ll be able to join us in worship!