Stepping Out: Traveling Mercies
A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC January 22, 2017, the third Sunday after the Epiphany.
Texts: Isaiah 9:2-4, Matthew 4:12-23
“Traveling mercies…” These two words are often shared as a kind of blessing prayer as someone steps out upon a journey. “Traveling mercies.” I love to travel and always want to explore something new. But I also get very anxious about leaving home—I worry about Harvey and AnnieRose (my dog and cat), I worry that my house is going to catch on fire (an old imagined nightmare). I tend to manage anxiety pretty well most of the time, but, in addition to taking long trips away from home, two other things I really struggle with are gridlock and getting to the airport to catch a flight. Both of those things require serious deep breathing exercises. When gridlock is part of my journey to the airport to catch a flight, all bets are off. I go into full-on [...]