Friday, Fifth Week of Epiphany February 12, 2021

Prayer Pointers:

For God’s light of truth to shine

To not be dismayed in the face of suffering

Today’s text: Mark 10:32-45

WE ARE APPROACHING the end of Epiphany, the season of light, of God’s self-revealing, of uncovering truth, both about God and ourselves. It is only honest to admit that God’s light, when it shines on our lives, is not always “pleasant,” even when it is salvific. Like the surgeon who must “hurt” us in order to heal, God activity in our lives cuts away the disease of sin and makes us whole, even if we are now limping through life because of what God did (Genesis 32:24-31).

Do not turn away from what God is doing in your life! So much American Christianity is of the James and John variety, glad that Jesus is paying the cost, glad to be alongside to catch some of that reflected glory, glad to be a part of the crew that rides in Jesus the ur-celebrity’s limo. The truth is different. “You will receive the same baptism as I,” which means that living a life for Christ in this world will, as Paul says, result in persecution and suffering. We are not relaxing in borrowed glory, living rich off another’s line of credit: we are being shaped, refashioned, remade, so that ultimately, we can resemble the Lord himself; limps, scars and all.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.