Tuesday before Ash Wednesday February 16, 2021

Prayer Pointers: For perseverance in the Way of Jesus Christ

To not lose heart

To not be afraid of waste

Today’s text: John 1:19-28

BE CAREFUL ABOUT OUR TENDENCY as Americans to be pragmatic, “whatever works” people. John out in the wilderness is, in an honest sense of the word, a profligate. The son of Zechariah is as far from the Temple and the center of things as he can be: out in the middle of nowhere, doing something that even he can only partially explain, pushing away from himself any credit or glory. “This is not about me! I am only the voice! There is another on the way, and I must fade, my efforts be forgotten.”

Of course, it is not true that John’s efforts are forgotten, but how many times did he fall asleep in the desert night thinking “this is not working; tomorrow I’m going back to Jerusalem and try to pick up the pieces there, try to make something of myself”? Yet the work was before him, the calling of God upon him, and to the end he cried out "make straight the way of the Lord."

A poem I’ve kept on a scrap of paper puts it well:

If you ever see a great work of God,

Something joyous, alive and real,

Something of Christ,

Something that is Christ,

Something enduring,

Then you may be certain of one thing:

One day, some lonely saint

Silent, deserted

Went to the cross

Suffered, died and fell into the earth

And for what did that one die?

For that lovely harvest

That work of God

Which you now see

And declare to be so beautiful.

There must be another day

Another body of believers

Another silence when someone else must fall into the earth…

That someone may need to be you.

Remember: nothing done in the name of Jesus Christ is ever wasted.

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.