Today's Lectionary Text
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
“Floccinaucinihilipilification” means to deem something to be worthless or without value. At age 7, I became a self-floccinaucinihilipilificationalist. I believed that I was worthless and without value. I had to do anything possible to excel and to exceed even some unreasonably high expectations. I needed to find some way to become the “Miracle Baby” Mom needed me to be. To become someone Mom could be proud of. I failed. I was second in my high school graduating class. I am a self-published author, because submitting the story of my parents’ accident to a traditional publisher was more than I could handle. I could not withstand a publisher’s rejection. I have a transactional rather than a litigation law practice. When someone asks what kind of law I practice (elder law, wills and trusts), there is sometimes an awkward moment of “Oh … well are you even a real lawyer, then?”
I think that many are closet floccinaucinhilipilificationalists. For whatever we have done or whatever may have been done to us, we declare ourselves to be without value, worthless. Our trials and our hurts diminish our value. Let me tell you something wonderful. God is an anti-floccinaucinihilipilificationalist. It means that God says no when I say I am worthless. It means that God says no when I think I am without value. It means that God says no when I think the world might be a better place without me in it. God says, “no, you are wrong. You are loved. You are my child. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” God is an anti-floccinaucinihilipilificationalist.
The good news we can share is that God is an anti-floccinaucinihilipilificationalist. If God is an anti-floccinaucinihilipilificationalist, we do not have either the right or the responsibility to declare ourselves to be worthless. God sees us as having been fearfully and wonderfully made. He said so…in the Book.
I did this acrostic for the word, “Fearfully.”
We are Faithful, Extraordinary and Amazingly loved. We are called to be Repentant. We are Fantastic when we are Unashamed of the Gospel. We are both Loveable and deeply Loved by God. We come today to worship, Yearning for an even deeper relationship God.
--Jada D.L. Hodgson, Certified Lay Minister
Serving Plum Creek UMC in Five Rivers District
Originally published Sept. 7, 2019
Prayer for Reflection
Gracious and loving God, even though we can’t spell it, we are thankful that you are an anti-floccinaucinihilipilificationalist. We thank you for calling us of worth, precious to you even when we may feel worthless. Help us to lift others up. Help us to reach out today to those you love and remind them of your great love. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
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