For joy in the Christ of God
For courage in the midst of struggle and suffering
Today’s text: Mark 8:27-9:1
THEOLOGIAN EDMUND STEIMLE noted that the life of a Christian is somewhat like the encounter of crisp, cold air with hot humid air: all along the boundary there is thunder, lightning, massive storms.
In our own lives, as God enters in, there are storms. The Sacrament of Baptism, even as it is the moment of reconciliation, freedom and peace with God, means in fact that there is now a collision, a battle between God’s grace and our own self-willing. Sometimes that collision will mean physical suffering, as the one who is now with Christ begins to live out what being found with God’s Messiah means to the world. Even today we have brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering physically because of Christ.
But for others, that suffering, that storminess is largely inside; the suffering of a wracked conscience, the struggle to not live by lies, the effort to stand in solidarity with those who endure the world’s injustices.
But be not afraid! For the storms have their purpose, and we who are walking the way of Jesus Christ should not be dismayed, but in wisdom welcome what all storms reveal.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks