The Sermon

Lisa tried to light up a cigarette while she was on the witness stand in our courthouse.

The sheriff stopped her.

She was there because she had threatened someone, after a night of drinking.

I was there in my role as Court Observer.

Lisa was frustrated , and visibly agitated , because there was no judge in the courtroom.

We cannot afford video conferencing, and so, on days when the judge can’t show up, he telephones the court, and the call is placed on speaker phone.

When Lisa realized that the judge was listening to her, she began her defence.

She told the court that she knew she was a sinner, and that she had a chronic problem with alcohol. She knew that threatening was wrong, and she promised the judge that if he excused her, she would never threaten again.

Then she reminded us that one day we would all stand in front of the judgment seat of God, and that we would all be judged for what we have done, and what we have failed to do.

It was one of the finest ‘sermons’ that I have ever heard.

The judge, moved with mercy, dismissed her case.

Unfortunately, eight weeks later, Lisa was back in court. She had threatened someone again. Addictions are the cause of much criminal behaviour. And, underlying addictive behaviour, is emotional pain that must be recognized and dealt with in a healthy manner.

Our village realized that we were in desperate need of more addiction services. After years of lobbying, we received government funding for a Wellness Centre, which will provide counselling services. The centre hopes to be in operation by this summer, if the pandemic is resolved.

Court will continue once covid restrictions have ended.

I pray that I will not see Lisa there again.

Jesus came, not for the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance.

The Lord came to set the captives free.

(Name has been changed.)

The photo is courtesy of iStock Photos.

We lived in this neighborhood for a while, before moving to a quieter home in a fishing village.

The scenic Battery neighborhood in St. John’s, Newfoundland

25 thoughts on “The Sermon

  1. As I read this I was reminded of the truth that those Christians who have been miraculously saved from deep sin are often the most fervent servants of Jesus (Luke 7:40-50). Thank you for your challenging posts Sally, they cerainly make me think. God bless you sister.

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  2. It says somewhere in the Psalms, β€œLord, if you kept a record of our sins who could stand.”

    Thankfully, the next words are, β€œBut with you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared.”

    How wonderful it is that your village has a proactive plan to address the roots of addiction! Hopefully the new counseling center will make a difference to the β€œLisas” who need assistance.

    Lastly, your writing is a delight to read. The first sentence or two is often a β€œhook” to engage readers and your short sections keep us engaged. As a highly educated person you could, doubtless, sound much more academic, but you do not. Thank you, and may God continue to bless Sally’s Blog 2.0.

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    1. Thanks, Tonya. As you say, there is a time when an addicted person is ready to deal with their issues, and it is important to have help available then. 🌷

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  3. Yes, a lot of what we see in the courts is the result of mistreatment, lack of love and buried pain that has never been faced and healed. I’m so glad you are a court observor and can pray for those on trial.

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    1. Thanks Dawn. Our Wellness Centre will also contain a gym and a Community Kitchen to help people in recovery. A caring community considers those who need help in dealing with addictions. Jesus loves all. πŸ€—

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