Scripture: Luke 5:27-32; Proverbs 10:2-6
This Sunday is we begin a new sermon series that will last through spring and early summer. This sermon series is called, Through a Mirror Darkly, which is based on the verse from 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see in a mirror, darkly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
To understand what this verse is talking about, you have to appreciate that mirrors in the ancient world were very cloudy and dark. They did not provide a clear reflection like the mirrors we utilize today do. So when ancient people saw themselves in a mirror, they were viewing a very distorted reflection of themselves. It was as if they were seeing a likeness of who they were, but not the whole person.
The idea behind this series is that we will look at various themes that are universal to the human experience. Each week we will take a different theme and examine a single or several different stories from the Facebook blog, Humans of New York (or HONY as it is commonly called), that connect with that theme. Since HONY draws on such a wide range of people and perspectives, these are people who will often look and feel very different from us, but who mirror the experiences we all face as human beings.
Each week we will begin by watching a video of these stories. You will see the pictures taken by Brandon on the screen and you will hear the interviews narrated by members of our congregation. Although on the surface, many of these stories will seemingly have little to no connection to your own life, as we dig down deeper, you will find that these stories are like looking in a mirror darkly. They are mirrors to our own lives, reminiscent of our own personal hopes, dreams, and struggles.
My hope is that these sermons will inspire you to look deep within yourself and question the drivers behind your actions so that God might create within you a motivation for change. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday! We are finally breaking through into some nicer weather. I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy time with friends and family!