Isaiah 61:1-4

This sermon is not for you unless you are having trouble seeing the world clearly and you feel lost and confused. This sermon is not for you unless parts of your life have incapacitated you and kept you from living freely. This sermon is not for you unless you have deep loneliness in your soul and you feel you are cut off from others, and you feel less than fully accepted. This sermon is not for you unless you are tired and numb and indifferent and cynical and resigned and negative, living in a zone of hopelessness. This sermon is not for you unless you are poor, poor in money, poor in spirit, poor in faith, poor in love, poor in joy. This sermon is for you if you would like to wake up and receive the gifts!