New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 52

In Support of Mental and Spiritual Health A Sermon by the Rev. David C. Roth The New Church at Boulder, Colorado – January 8, 2017 Lessons: Luke 15:3-7; Matthew 2:13-18; Secrets of Heaven 2077, 905 T o begin I want to draw our attention back to the Christmas story for a moment. It is a wonderful story of both hope and promise – the promise of bringing light into a dark world, restoring a state of freedom and bringing love to people again. We see Goodness setting the stage to overcome those dark forces. And then right on the heels of that beautiful story of innocence, peace and light is this story of evil, pain and horror: the story of Herod, in his jealous rage, killing all the male children two years old and below in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas. I bring up this contrast to remind us that hell is real and that there are forces at work against us whose influences are powerful, insidious and cruel. But they are not more powerful than the forces of love, light and kindness. Sometimes we forget that. We don’t feel that. The reading that we shared today from the Heavenly Doctrines says that the Lord’s love is unbelievable in the extreme. I don’t know how He could have said it more strongly than that गN( 2V&VƖWf&RFRWG&VRvP6( BG'VǒvRrV6FR&@fW2W2BvV2FFr`vfrFV"vƗfW2F6fRW2@FWvVB7VffW"VW"6R`FW6VBFN( 2rV6FWfPvR6( BG'VǒvPrV6FR&@fW2W2BvV0FFrbvfpFV"vƗfW2F6fPW2BFWvV@7VffW"VW"6PbFW6VBFN( 2pV6FWfRW2