This eleventh day of a new year is good time to think about beginnings. There is plenty of chaos that surrounds us, threatens us, and frightens us. Yet, we find hope and power in the promises of creation and baptism.
When the future seems uncertain, Jesus is our dry land.
The storms are raging within and without, personally and communally. But we are in this together and we need to hear the words of God’s messenger saying: “Do not be afraid. I have a purpose for each of you and all of you. The ship may break apart, but you will survive the storm.” So take courage, listen to unexpected wisdom, stay in community, and break bread together. We will survive.
Blessed is the Person Matthew 11:2-11
May the Holy Spirit shake us this morning and gently wipe away any crumbs of despair or hopelessness, and may we always find our encouragement and hope in the Lord Jesus. Amen.
The next time you find yourself in the far country, unable to find the way back from where you have come, or your shame and embarrassment keeps you in a dark place, remember: Abba Father honors a broken spirit, and that is the miracle and mystery of the gospel. In Jesus Christ, God finds us and welcomes us home.
Proverbs 3:5 commends these words to the people of God, “Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” but can God really be trusted?
This is the ultimate freedom, my friends, to live in a world filled with storms and suffering and know the peace and joy that comes in knowing Jesus Christ.