Nov 1, 2015
Pastor Reflection November 2015: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” ~Matthew 14:27
Series: Reflections
Immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."  ~Matthew 14:27 [caption id="attachment_995" align="alignleft" width="89"]Owen Owen[/caption] Did you ever feel responsible for someone else's suffering?  Well, this picture is of my grandson, Owen. He and I were together on Thursday and Friday and most likely he caught the flu from me. In the photo he is asleep after a terrible night of being sick. I didn't feel well on Wednesday, but was better Thursday so I went to see him and, well, you know the drill. On Sunday it came back with a vengeance and I even had to miss worship. I have been praying ever since for Owen and anyone who caught it from me..... Feeling responsible for giving Owen, or any of you, the flu started me to think about how responsible Jesus must have felt to find a way to help us in our suffering. Not that Jesus was responsible for our suffering!  I don't believe that God brings suffering into our lives. Emotionally, we do that pretty well on our own. I don't believe that God brings physical suffering into our lives, either. Life just happens. Bodies are frail; germs exist; accidents happen; systems cause poverty; illness... well, you know the drill. I especially don't like the phrase, "But for the grace of God...." Because that makes it sound as if God favors some of us with wealth or health, or preservation from something and chooses not to favor others. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Matthew tells us just how clearly Jesus took that responsibility. Immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."  ~Matthew 14:27 Here's the thing: Jesus said this to the disciples during the worst time of their lives! Jesus had died, their lives were threatened; they were hiding from the authorities. No doubt that they were suffering both emotionally and physically! You see, at that moment, Jesus made one thing very clear to them and to us. Jesus has been with us, is now with us, and will always be with us in all of our suffering, both emotional and physical! And what does he say? Take heart! It is I; do not be afraid! Jesus has taken responsibility for our suffering - ALL of our suffering by walking with us, enabling us to face life as it is, giving us courage to take each day as it comes and by giving us the hope to withstand whatever comes upon us, and helps us to strive to make others' lives better. I still feel responsible for passing on my flu, but I do not carry that burden alone. I can place that in Jesus' hands, try to do better, and to carry on. Jesus is with me! I can take heart and face life without fear! Thanks be to God! In Christ, Pastor Barbara Caine
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  • Nov 1, 2015Pastor Reflection November 2015: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” ~Matthew 14:27
    Nov 1, 2015
    Pastor Reflection November 2015: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” ~Matthew 14:27
    Series: Reflections
    Immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."  ~Matthew 14:27 [caption id="attachment_995" align="alignleft" width="89"]Owen Owen[/caption] Did you ever feel responsible for someone else's suffering?  Well, this picture is of my grandson, Owen. He and I were together on Thursday and Friday and most likely he caught the flu from me. In the photo he is asleep after a terrible night of being sick. I didn't feel well on Wednesday, but was better Thursday so I went to see him and, well, you know the drill. On Sunday it came back with a vengeance and I even had to miss worship. I have been praying ever since for Owen and anyone who caught it from me..... Feeling responsible for giving Owen, or any of you, the flu started me to think about how responsible Jesus must have felt to find a way to help us in our suffering. Not that Jesus was responsible for our suffering!  I don't believe that God brings suffering into our lives. Emotionally, we do that pretty well on our own. I don't believe that God brings physical suffering into our lives, either. Life just happens. Bodies are frail; germs exist; accidents happen; systems cause poverty; illness... well, you know the drill. I especially don't like the phrase, "But for the grace of God...." Because that makes it sound as if God favors some of us with wealth or health, or preservation from something and chooses not to favor others. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Matthew tells us just how clearly Jesus took that responsibility. Immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."  ~Matthew 14:27 Here's the thing: Jesus said this to the disciples during the worst time of their lives! Jesus had died, their lives were threatened; they were hiding from the authorities. No doubt that they were suffering both emotionally and physically! You see, at that moment, Jesus made one thing very clear to them and to us. Jesus has been with us, is now with us, and will always be with us in all of our suffering, both emotional and physical! And what does he say? Take heart! It is I; do not be afraid! Jesus has taken responsibility for our suffering - ALL of our suffering by walking with us, enabling us to face life as it is, giving us courage to take each day as it comes and by giving us the hope to withstand whatever comes upon us, and helps us to strive to make others' lives better. I still feel responsible for passing on my flu, but I do not carry that burden alone. I can place that in Jesus' hands, try to do better, and to carry on. Jesus is with me! I can take heart and face life without fear! Thanks be to God! In Christ, Pastor Barbara Caine
  • Sep 6, 2015Vicar Todd’s Sermon from September 6, Mark 7: 24-37
    Sep 6, 2015
    Vicar Todd’s Sermon from September 6, Mark 7: 24-37
    [caption id="attachment_201" align="alignleft" width="100"]Vicar Todd Benson Vicar Todd Benson[/caption]
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