Walking by faith and growing in love

Where are you on your faith journey? It’s been a tough road lately hasn’t it?  COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down! “Shelter in place”, “social distancing”, “flattening the curve”, these are phrases that didn’t even exist a few weeks ago!  Change is upsetting.  Especially when we have to do without. No toilet paper or hand sanitizer. Cancelled graduations and proms. No School. No job! Postponed weddings and funerals… This is all so upsetting.  

I think that we can all identify with Jesus’ disciples after he died on the cross. In Luke 24 we see two men who were dejected as they walked the road to Emmaus, the day of the first Easter. They had hoped that Jesus would be the one “who would redeem Israel”, but now he was dead. They were dealing with deep sorrow and death, and then Jesus showed up (but they didn’t recognize Him)!

As they walked, the disciples shared their disappointment, distress and doubt with the stranger (Jesus).  And then Jesus explained them from scripture how the Messiah HAD to die!  It was part of  God’s plan of salvation. It was not until later that night, when their eyes were opened to the fact that this “stranger” was actually Jesus their Lord!  They had not been looking for Jesus, but when He showed up, their hearts were burning with faith!

If you are like me, sometimes you may struggle with your faith. Why is God allowing all of this sickness to sweep across our world? But in the midst of doubt, are you allowing Jesus to love you in spite of your struggles? Are you and I a little like the disciples who didn’t even recognize Jesus, even though He was walking right next to them?

I pray that the Holy Spirit would open your eyes to Jesus' love for you today! That the Holy Spirit would guide you to walk with Jesus on your faith journey as you grow to trust in God's graceful promises. Jesus' death on the cross brings you life today! The effort to earn God's love for you was finished by Jesus on the cross 2000 years ago!  The victory of Easter is yours today!

May the victory of Easter enable you to recognize the depth of God's love for you.  May God's mercy given to you through Jesus Christ, empower you to become more willing to share His gift of grace with others.  

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Pastor Maske

Posted April 23, 2020

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