"Patience People"

There is an old Appalachian Carol we don’t often sing, but you can find it on page 210 of our red hymnal, it’s entitled “I Wonder as I Wander.”  The carol speaks of one that is wondering (questioning) as he wanders (walks aimlessly), out under the night sky.  He wonders why Jesus came to die for ordinary people like you and like I.  Many of us probably ask this question on a daily basis as we look upon the sinful nature of ourselves and troubling and dark events in the world around us.   The song continues to state that Jesus could have surely had anything because he was the King, yet he chose you and he chose I.  As we enter 2020, our wondering about why God came for you and for I will continue, but our wandering should certainly end!

It’s perfectly fine to wonder about the mystery of our divine God from time to time, and why things happen the way they do. It’s also more than perfectly fine to stand in wonder and amazement in the love shown at Bethlehem, yet if you truly believe you shouldn’t be wandering aimlessly in the night.  Yes, wandering seems to be a big problem in our world today.  We wander away from what is right, we wander away from our responsibilities, we wander in confusion, and we wander because we are lost.  However, a true believer should wonder, but never wander.  Even among those who claim to believe in that Jesus that came to save you and to save I, many seem to be wandering.   Wandering away from church, wandering without the guidance of the Holy Spirit (or at least not listening to the call of the Spirit), and wondering away from the true purpose of God’s word of love (using scripture to hurt and judge, not to heal and express grace).

Are you a believer? Do you find yourself wandering from time to time?  Perhaps in 2020 you need to wander your behind back into a pew, maybe you need to listen closer to the Spirit, and use the word of God to strengthen yourself and others in Christ.  I think it’s time for all of us to stop complaining about what we don’t have, stop being divided on everything, and stop hurting one another.  Instead let us stand in “wonder” of the power of the Holy Spirit and in joy for the gift of the Manger and the Cross!  Let us live this NEW YEAR in a NEW WAY, in wonder, but not wandering out under the night sky!

There is an old Appalachian Carol we don’t often sing, but you can find it on page 210 of our red hymnal, it’s entitled “I Wonder as I Wander.”  The carol speaks of one that is wondering (questioning) as he wanders (walks aimlessly), out under the night sky.  He wonders why Jesus came to die for ordinary people like you and like I.  Many of us probably ask this question on a daily basis as we look upon the sinful nature of ourselves and troubling and dark events in the world around us.   The song continues to state that Jesus could have surely had anything because he was the King, yet he chose you and he chose I.  As we enter 2020, our wondering about why God came for you and for I will continue, but our wandering should certainly end!

It’s perfectly fine to wonder about the mystery of our divine God from time to time, and why things happen the way they do. It’s also more than perfectly fine to stand in wonder and amazement in the love shown at Bethlehem, yet if you truly believe you shouldn’t be wandering aimlessly in the night.  Yes, wandering seems to be a big problem in our world today.  We wander away from what is right, we wander away from our responsibilities, we wander in confusion, and we wander because we are lost.  However, a true believer should wonder, but never wander.  Even among those who claim to believe in that Jesus that came to save you and to save I, many seem to be wandering.   Wandering away from church, wandering without the guidance of the Holy Spirit (or at least not listening to the call of the Spirit), and wondering away from the true purpose of God’s word of love (using scripture to hurt and judge, not to heal and express grace).

Are you a believer? Do you find yourself wandering from time to time?  Perhaps in 2020 you need to wander your behind back into a pew, maybe you need to listen closer to the Spirit, and use the word of God to strengthen yourself and others in Christ.  I think it’s time for all of us to stop complaining about what we don’t have, stop being divided on everything, and stop hurting one another.  Instead let us stand in “wonder” of the power of the Holy Spirit and in joy for the gift of the Manger and the Cross!  Let us live this NEW YEAR in a NEW WAY, in wonder, but not wandering out under the night sky!

Pastor Brady

   

 

 

  

 

     

 

“Out of Darkness”

            The three Canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), all offer an account of darkness falling over the land during broad daylight as Jesus was crucified. Yes, it must have been a frightening scene on the hill called Golgotha (place of the skull), as the Lord breathed His last breathe, as the earth quaked, and as the curtain in the temple was torn in two. The fear and darkness did not end at the Cross, however, and especially not for the followers of the Messiah. Darkness would be found in the tomb, darkness would be found in an uncertain future, darkness would be found in fear for their own lives.  After all, Jesus was dead, and they could become the hunted. Yet in all of the dismal despair, there would spring forth hope, and Yes! Light out of Darkness!

            As we enter April, and approach the most important day of our faith, Easter or Resurrection Day, we do so knowing that the darkness of Golgotha and the Cross, the Darkness of the Tomb, and the Darkness of the Believers Fear have all been conquered by the Light of the World! We know the great thing our God has done, He raised Jesus from the tomb and in doing so He has brought life to each of us who believe in Him. The light could not be hid by the darkness, the light defeated the darkness and Jesus defeats our sin and death.

            April of 2020 is going to be one that is perhaps a little darker, perhaps a little more fearful, and certainly different from Aprils of recent memory. The darkness of a virus, Covid-19, has overtaken our daily lives and thoughts.  As we try to stay positive and look forward to a brighter future it is easy to succumb to the darkness. The darkness of the loss of jobs, the fear  of an economy brought to the brink of recession, the depression and inwardness developed through restrictions on activity and movement, and that’s all without the fear of contracting the virus itself.  Yet in these days of darkness we are still called to the light and still reminded that the Light Conquers the Darkness.

            Brighter days are certainly ahead for our health, wealth, and mental stability if we are in the Lord. Most importantly we must stay spiritually strong and united as we weather the storm and things get back to a semblance of normality. Remember how the disciples felt after the Crucifixion: Fear, Darkness, Death.  Remember how God responded: Hope, Light, Grace.  Call upon His Holy name in this time of trial and in all darkness and His light will most certainly shine through. Just as “up from the grave,” our Lord and Savior Arose, so to shall we rise out of this darkness!

         

In the Peace and Love of Christ,  
Pastor Brady