May Pastor’s Pondering

Scripture, like life itself, contains story after story of ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges of life.  Many of those challenges are no fault of their own, yet they exist as barriers before them and they can lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair.  Sometimes the challenges simply seem too great.

Yet the message of our God is that with God hope is always present.  With God, strength is found.  With God we have an ever-present advocate; One who listens to our prayers and raises us up in our time of trouble.  This is at the very core of the Good News!

Jesus Christ’s ministry focused on bringing people this very hope.  By feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and forgiving the sinner he changed the course of life for hurting people.  He gave them reason to move forward with confidence when faced with uncertainty about that which lies ahead.  As followers of Jesus Christ – as his Church – it becomes our mission to bring that same hope to those in need this very day.

I especially like the words of St. Peter as he closes out his first letter.  He writes:

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for ever and ever.  Amen.”  1 Peter 5: 10-11

What might you say – what might you do – to bring to another, this Good News?

Blessings,

Pastor Will

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