Pastor John

Pastor John

Several years ago, I ran across a new genre of greeting cards called “Dysfunctional Greeting Cards.” Have you seen any of these? Here’s a sample:

I always wanted to have someone to hold, someone to love.
And now that you’ve come into my life… (Inside card) – I’ve changed my mind.

I must admit, you brought religion into my life… (Inside card) – I never believed in Hell until I met you.

Congratulations on your promotion. Before you go… (Inside card) – Will you take the knife from my back? You’ll probably need it again.

When we were together, you said you’d die for me… (Inside card) – Now that we’ve broken up, I think it’s time to keep your promise.

I’m so miserable without you… (Inside card) – It’s almost like you’re still here.

You are such a good friend. If we were on a sinking ship and there was only one life jacket… (Inside card) – I’d miss you terribly and think of you often.

One of my favorite cards in this line was something called a “Dysfunctional family reunion greeting card.” Front cover reads: No one really wants to know the true facts about our heritage… (Inside card) – so let’s just get together and make stuff up.

Did you ever want to make stuff up about your family when you were a kid because reality was too painful or disappointing? Or maybe you came from a good, loving family but there were still some things that embarrassed you or made you dream of being born to someone else, someone smarter, someone richer, someone more cool?

God’s choice to birth us into a particular family, in a particular place, at a particular moment in history, granted to us certain opportunities and gifts; and it also handed to us a certain amount of emotional baggage. For some of us this load is minimal; for others, it turned out to be a heavy burden to carry.

We’ve been looking at some of the extremely weighty baggage that Joseph, from the book of Genesis, had to carry in our message series Turning Trauma Into Triumph. I hope you’ve been able to be with us in person or online for the last two messages. If you haven’t, click here to catch up.

This Sunday, we will look at An Autopsy of Trauma. At least three significant things happened that led to Joseph’s life being totally and dramatically changed in a moment. Spoiler alert: he ends up in Egypt, but he doesn’t send any postcards back home; not even a dysfunctional greeting card.

Looking forward to continuing the Joseph journey with you this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:15AM.

Loving the Journey,

Pastor John