It’s always something
June 4, 2012
by Pastor Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church, UCC, Lester Prairie

Comedienne Gilda Radner, of “Saturday Night Live” fame, died of ovarian cancer May 20, 1989. One of her SNL characters, Rosanne Rosannadanna, would often use this line, “It’s always something.”

It’s true. In life, it’s always something. Wouldn’t it be nice if life was always carefree and we could just enjoy it for a while without problems? But, it’s always something.

Life seems to be an endless series of overcoming something. We have health challenges, financial challenges, relationship challenges, vocational challenges, and on it goes. We worry about our kids and family and their problems, and we have concerns about the state of the world. It’s always something.

Many people try to just bear it on their own as best they can. They tough it out and live with the hurt. For some, living with pain actually gets fairly comfortable and they almost wouldn’t know who they were if it weren’t for the constant dull ache inside of them.

Those who are wise, or just get too tired of carrying the load, turn to God for help. God is always there, always cares, always wants to help us through all of life’s “somethings.”

God wants to bear our burdens. Christ died to carry the weight of the world and lift it off our shoulders. Today, I’m asking you to consider letting God help you with the “somethings” that are always coming up in life.

You may not be a churchgoer, you may dislike religion, you may feel you’ve been hurt by the church and not want anything to do with organized religion. All those feelings are very understandable. Still, God is always there and wants to help you. You can open up and trust God to help, or you can continue to slog along with your burdens alone. It’s always a choice.

Churches have their flaws, but every church has caring people who want to listen and support you. The churches I pastor have only one purpose; to help people experience God’s loving care throughout the journey of life. I hope this is true of every church, but it is certainly true of mine. The United Church of Christ seeks to be a heartfelt expression of Christ’s love for the world.

What can God do, you might ask? What difference does it make if I welcome God into my situation?

God is all wise, all loving, all caring, all supportive. Just knowing you’re not alone and have a perfect higher power to walk with you and carry the load is a huge relief. Try it. I’ve certainly found it to be true in my life.

God can literally change situations for the better. God can literally heal what seems impossible to heal. God can give us wisdom and guidance to find answers. God can lead us to people and resources that can help. You doubt it? Well, what do you have to lose by giving God a try? You’ll be no worse off than you are now, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll find the help and peace that you’ve been looking for.

In a world of free will, bad things happen to good people. People get sick, people die. Things break, and situations fall apart. It’s just the way it is for now.

Rather than fight it, get angry at it, or try to deny it, maybe it’s time to see what God can do in your life. Any pastor is willing to help. Any Christian person worth bearing the name Christian wants to be there to walk with you.

It’s always something. Life just is that way. Lay down your pride and self-reliance and give God a try. And let me know how you’re doing. I really care that you’re doing well.

Be well, and live with abundance. Peace.