Community in Action

So I had planned to send out a note of encouragement the first Monday after I was back from vacation, but it is now 3 pm, and even though I have been back at work all day I am just now putting together the missive I wanted to send out. Crazy times, crazy day!

    At the end of his life, in 1968, Karl Barth had a conversation with a close friend. They discussed the gloomy world situation, but Barth told his friend, “But keep your chin up! Never mind! ‘He will reign!’”

    Barth was telling this friend,”Don’t lose hope!” Keep hold of your faith, don’t lose trust in God. We certainly need to do what we are called to do to build the kingdom of God here on earth, but we need to remember not everything will be resolved. We won’t be able to completely fix the world, justice will take time, and even then injustice will still sneak in unexpectedly, but it doesn’t mean we should stop working for justice.

    We can easily get overwhelmed with all that is wrong with this world. We can easily get depressed because the work we have to do, to see justice done, is not easy work, it is hard work, but it is important work.

    That same night Barth had this conversation with his friend he died in his sleep. He died peacefully in his sleep, with his hands gently folded from his evening prayers. Barth’s faith was grounded in Jesus Christ, his savior, redeemer, and friend, and so is our faith.

    This has been a hard week, even though I was on vacation I was never far from the news about protests, rioting, looting, and painful revelations about some of our country’s dismal history. I believe we are at a point that needs our witness, both in our Lord and in the work which God is doing in us.

    We will get through this. It will take some work, but it will be worth it. We need to continue to be confident, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

    It is important to note that the word “you” in this passage is plural. It means all of us. All those who follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior are being shaped and molded and finished in such a way that someday we will come together as one unit, one body, one assembly glorifying God in presence, word, and deed.

    Let us continue the journey together helping each other become a true reflection of Jesus, the comforting Jesus, the caring Jesus, the just Jesus.

    Walking with you, 

    Pastor Randy

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