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Grace: making all things new

Posted August 19, 2015 in Community Featured, Downtown

It seems to me that there are times in life – when I have had absolutely enough. When the things of this world become too overwhelming. Negative. Sad. Disturbing. When movie theaters are shot-up, when churches are burned, when planes fall from the sky, when people are killed for the color of their skin, I wonder where are you God? These things challenge the little I know about who God is.

Pastor Minna giving the children’s sermon.

Pastor Minna giving the children’s sermon.

For a long time people (and the church) have believed that we already know everything we can about God. The scriptures have so wonderfully laid out who our God is and yet, isn’t there so much more to learn? What knowledge we have of God is just a small piece of the whole. God is still moving, creating, redeeming, forgiving, and sustaining today. God is making all things new in the present. I think our understanding of God begins with a mystery – that our own understanding cannot possess. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. God’s ways are not our ways. Our understanding of who God is, and how God moves must begin for us, from a perspective of wonder, curiosity, and listening. The fact is, God is still moving.

A little knowledge can sometimes lead us to a wrong conclusion. However, I have to believe that God uses this little knowledge to give a purpose, a journey, a direction – namely to follow and trust Jesus Christ. The details of this journey, no matter what they are, are to help draw us nearer to God’s-self. Human circumstances and conditions cannot undermine or negate this. The risk, though, of setting out on the journey, is that even when we have a map or a plan we do not really know where we are going to end up.

For us, I have to believe that the good news in this, is that Jesus is our source of strength. In those moments, when we have had enough of this life, that we cannot even trust Jesus, Jesus has not yet had enough of us. Even on the most difficult of days, Jesus Christ is still drawing us to himself. Our fears, burdens, mistakes, and failures, will never truly define us. Jesus Christ, who is the Living Word of God is making us new – even in the midst of our messy lives. Grace was made for you!





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