SERMON TITLE: “God’s Message through Animals: The Eagle” (First in series)
SERMON TEXT: Psalm 103:1-12
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: July 3, 2022, at First UMC
I’m starting a new sermon series today. Throughout this month of July, I’m going to explore with you some biblical passages that feature animals. I got this idea from a book loaned to me by Karen Miller. The novel tells the story of a stray cat sent by God to help a pastor and his congregation work their way through some spiritual struggles and grow in their faith. For some reason, the people were willing to learn faith lessons through a cat that they hadn’t been able to learn in other ways.
The book got me to thinking that there are some other animals that have helped people grow in their faith—and some of those stories are found right in the Bible itself. So, over the next several weeks, we’re going to let those biblical animals speak to us. We’re going to see what messages God wants to tell us through some fish, a flock of sheep, and a donkey. Since this is the Fourth of July weekend, when we celebrate our nation’s independence, I thought we should start with the eagle featured in Psalm 103. If we soar over this text with an eagle eye, what message is God communicating to us?