Rachel brought the message on a very tough scripture, Genesis 21:1-2; 22:1-14, about God commanding Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. The point of the story of Abraham and Isaac is not to draw people in to worship a God who would do this, but rather to help people who are already in to stay in relationship with the one true God even when their world is turned upside down. This is the story of being in the habit of being in conversation with God even when things don’t make sense. To illustrate her message, Rachel showed several pictures by famous artists depicting this story.
Using many scripture texts referring to weeping and shedding of tears, Isaac speaks of the sadness and also to the lack of sadness in the mass killing of 50 people at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida.