The Baptism of the Lord Parish of St John the Baptist North Sydney, NS The Baptism of the Lord 12 January 2020, 10:30 AM Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts … Continue reading Keeping faithful
How do we make it through life? I hear this question frequently when I meet with someone or a family in crisis.
People of deep faith will shape this question differently…they ask, how do people without faith get through challenges like you-name-it? I can’t imagine how I would get through this diagnosis, these treatments, my recent job loss, the death of my spouse, the house fire, the accident, the divorce…I can’t imagine getting through life without my faith in God.
Isaiah, the Psalmist, Paul, Mary, Joseph, Matthew…they all point to the fact that the tiresome old ways are over. Yet, I wonder, do we live as if they are truly over? Are you ready to move on from the old ways, as Isaiah, says, to claim what is born to ordinary people like you and me…because…God still enters into humanity. God is still with us. God still offers new paths that bring surprising ways forward. God continues to fulfill his promises.
Folks at St. John’s, particularly those in attendance at the 10:30 anniversary hymn sing…please take a moment to reflect upon this this week. It is my invitation to you on this anniversary Sunday as your interim incumbent. I ask that you enter more fully into a time of discernment for God’s call in your personal life and for the life of this congregation remembering that it all started centuries before, when God’s sent his Son into the world.
To sin is to deny the God-given dignity within one’s self and within others, denying the true worth of life redeemed by Christ. There are consequences to the “you-can-have-it-all” “do-whatever-I-want” lives that some say is what it means to live in freedom. This, however, is not true freedom, because it causes others to stumble.
Sometimes we might feel like we’re not good enough to approach God in conversation; sometimes we might feel like what we have to say to God doesn’t matter, doesn’t God know it all anyway? Often times we feel the pressures of the day and simply don’t feel like we have time for daily prayer. Those are valid concerns. And, sometime someone will say, “Well, we’ll just leave that up to the prayer warriors…and, well, that’s just not my gift.” But, it is everyone’s gift. That’s the gift of our relationship with God…it’s for everyone, not just a few certain choice people. That’s what the Pharisees thought, too. But, as we hear, it is not true.