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Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations

Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40; Psalm 33:4-6,9,18-20,22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon Week The Holy Trinity Cycle B

Scripture Summary Matthew 28:19

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Dentist

The following real-life account was shared by a woman who had a life-changing experience in of all places, the dentist chair! She writes:

To say I'm scared of going to the dentist is an understatement. And so as I walked from my car to the office I felt panicky, almost hysterical. After all, I was about to have the dreaded root canal procedure. I thought, how could I possibly relax with my mouth wide-open while my dentist poked, and drilled, and maneuvered?

As the assistant helped me into the chair and fastened the towel around my neck, I looked up at her. We'd always smiled and said hello, but never anything more. For some reason, I touched her arm. “How are you?” I asked.

Her eyes filled with tears. “It is my birthday,” she said. “I am missing my mother in Poland. We are very close and have not seen each other for a long time.”

She continued to talk until the dentist came in and started his work. By now my focus changed from the drama inside my mouth to the woman standing beside me, longing for her mother far away. During the procedure, I thought about what this mother and daughter must be going through. I prayed for them both, then for mothers and daughters everywhere who are separated by the sea, by events, by misunderstandings. When the dentist finished, I was surprised that the time had passed so quickly.

When I went back for a follow-up visit a different assistant fastened the bib around my neck. I asked where the other woman was. “She's home in Poland visiting her mother,” I was told. I settled into the dentist’s chair and took a deep breath and looked up at the assistant. “How are you?” I asked.

The author concluded her story with this:

Dear God,
Whenever my cares and fears have me turn toward myself, let me turn to you in prayer so I may help others. -1

All of us are children of God. All of us are loved by God. All [...]


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