Tuesday, 5th Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 18:1-5

Prayer Pointers:

For humbleness in heart

For wisdom in using power

For those who work in energy extraction

ONE OF THE GREAT challenges of our current age is that we have turned our attention outward and are now once again a people who go looking for dragons to slay. We go a’questing, challenging everything and everyone that we meet, convinced that danger and wrongness are out there, outside of ourselves.

More to the point, we are more and more seduced by power, because we believe that power is the necessary ingredient to ensure our own happiness. Power means being able to make others do what we want them to do; power is what allows us to turn others into objects—literally, if we have the power to end life. One way or another, we will bring down those we judge; end them, one way or another so that they cannot interfere with us and our pursuits.

Rarely do we consider that the dragon that we seek is lying happily within our own hearts.

This is part of why Jesus commends those who have little or no power. No one would look at a child and say, “that’s who I want to be—powerless.” Yet again and again Jesus says that if you want to find him, if you want to be near him, if you want to experience him then go to those that have nothing the world wants. Go to them, not to slay, but to share—and you might find the strength to confront the old worm that lies curled up within you.

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.