2 Sam. 7.1-11, 16 Ps. 89.1-4, 19-26 Romans 16.25-27 Luke 1.26-38
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word. Amen.
“The lights are on, but nobody’s home.” Most of us have heard or even used that expression to refer to someone who appears or acts as though they don’t have a clue about life. Most of us know somebody about whom the expression is pretty accurate, and right now are thinking about that person as an example. But let’s dissect the phrase: We’re not talking about a vacant house, in the sense of a house that we know to be unoccupied, a house with all windows blackened and newspapers piled on the driveway. No, we’re talking about a house that appears lived in; it appears that a person is in there. When we use the metaphor about a real person we speak of one who appears to be a real person, but who lacks some fundamental spark of life, of engagement.