Saturday in the Fifth Week of Easter

Text: Matthew 7:12-21

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote that “we try to keep ‘personal happiness’ as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be ‘good.’ We [want at the same time] to let our minds be focused on money or pleasure or ambition, [yet hoping], in spite of this, to behave honestly or chastely or humbly. And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do.”

In our lives, we are regularly told that our own personal life projects are everything, and that the bravest among us are those who give their lives entirely over to such projects. The more “unique,” or “daring,” or “authentic,” the better. But if Lewis—echoing Jesus—is right, then it seems that those who are most intent on feeding their own appetites are that much less able to tell themselves ‘no’ at all. And, once their own individual lives are fed to appetite, well, then soon enough no one else may say ‘no’ to them either—not even God.

But to embrace the Father’s will, and walk where the Father points, is to be in the footsteps of our Lord whose life was a steady road of letting love for God guide both every ‘no’ and every ‘yes,’ even to the cross and the tomb. And you are counted among the fruit of that life.

Easter joy ~ 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.