“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humankind. And God is faithful; God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
-1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
"God won’t give you more than you can handle." –Asking for a friend, is that the way God works?
We will continue to ask some questions for a friend this weekend. We know that God is big enough for our questions. We know that Jesus was asked 307 questions in his ministry and he asked 187 questions. Questions open up the possibilities to a new understanding.
Like me I am sure last week you thought, I think I have more than I can handle; COVID-19, social distancing, grief, isolation, political division, domestic terrorism. How does one live our faith in times like these? We worship. Our connection to God is important even via Youtube as we gather online together. We breathe. We may have to stop right where we are and breathe. We are reminded with every breath we take that God is present. Father Richard Rohr says that God has created us in such a way that with every breath we take, we speak the name of God. Yahweh. God is with us.
I want to again thank you for your generosity of cereal for our food pantry. And if you haven't yet, there is still an opportunity to drop off cereal boxes at either campus thru Sunday.
I also want to thank you for your generosity through our Christmas Eve offering. This weekend in worship, we will announce the amazing total. Together we are making a different world.
Next week we will remember that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said this about working for peace: “If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of Justice for all people.”
May we continue to be a people working for peace.
Grace and peace.
Rev Dr. Duane A Anders (he, him, his)