|“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer, the perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken up at the right hand of the throne of God.”
That’s a timely image isn’t it? Have you been watching the Olympics? The thrill of victory! The agony of defeat! But behind it all are the stories of the athletes, real people like you and me, who are not only gifted with certain abilities, but who also have been gifted to preserver and endure. Not every Olympian wins the gold, do they (or even the silver or the bronze)? But they all compete; they hang in there; they all do their best, even when they are at their worst.
And we are called to do the same, not in our athletic life, but in our Christian life, in our life with Jesus; Jesus who came into this world to endure on our behalf all the sin and all the “stuff” this world can dish out; Jesus who took on the devil himself as well as death, the ultimate enemy, and defeated them both; Jesus who promises us that his victory is our victory, a gift to those who are willing to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus.
Also, a note from Ben Smith who we sent off into the world in prayer this weekend, “I’ll be serving in Madagascar with ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission from August 2016 to July 2017. While in Madagascar I’ll be sending out a newsletter via email every one to two months. If you’d like to be included on my mailing list, please click here!”
Baptism of Katrina Valeria Beir
We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share!