The Oasis - February 8, 2023

Author: Rev. Eric Dupee
February 08, 2023

In my sermon on Sunday, I claimed there are forces and situations that rob us of our identity as beloved children of God. When we’re told we’re not good enough, or attractive enough, or thin enough, over and over, we begin to believe it. I called that “identity theft.”
         In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminded his listeners they were the “salt of the earth.” They were also the “light of the world.” I believe Jesus was reminding them of their true identity, their God-given identity. Salt adds flavor. It makes things better. Light reveals the things we need to see. You ARE salt. You ARE light.
         I suggested one way to avoid identity theft is with a daily affirmation. Therefore, I came up with a daily affirmation of my own. Some requested a copy, so here it is:

Today I’ll remember I’m both salt and light, though it’s not always easy to do. 
I give this world flavor. I offer my light. If I don’t do it, then who?

Some will say I’m not good enough, their judgement could make me feel small.
Shame on me, if I believe it. I’m answering to a higher call.

I’m going to put myself out there, leave my doubt and fear on the shelf.
I’ll risk disappointing others, in order to be true to myself.

So, if you’re with me, brothers and sisters, go forth and fight the good fight.
And never forget what Jesus said. You are the salt of the earth, and its light.

Lastly, I want thank all who worked so hard to put on the Sunday Bruch Birthday Potluck this week. Fellowship Hall was full of people, conversation, laughter, and amazing food. Thank you for being salt and light for First Parish Church!


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