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It's Still All About Jesus!

Recently, when Kim and I and our children were all together, Kim pulled out some old slides, and our family sat on the couch and reminisced about the people and places which flashed  on the wall in front of us. There were lots of smiles and a few tears as we rolled back time The Goble children, who are no longer children, giggled when they saw their mother riding a tricycle, or blowing out candles on a cake.  I smiled knowingly when I recognized certain expressions on Kim’s face, like the one when she is unhappy with the hand of cards she had just been dealt by her father: it’s an expression I’ve experienced over the years. I made the wise decision not to speak of it. In another slide, there is a print hanging in someone's home and Kim proudly turned our attention to that same print now hanging in our living room. The sense that something had been passed on within the family, and was now valued as in previous generations, evoked warmth and pride. I am sure your home has a few items that have the same impact. These are living, sacred items where we find our identity.
 
 
This is the 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation. Depending on whom you ask, you’ll get a variety of answers as to its significance. Germany sees dollar signs, and is touting the Reformation as a great travel opportunity. American political pundits talk about how the Reformation was the precursor to democracy and the inalienable right of the individual (Luther) to jettison oppressive institutions. Other historians will say it marked the end of what they label as the Dark Ages (500-1500 AD), propelling mankind into modernity. Compared to these interpretations, our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is more nearly correct, when they say “It’s Still All About Jesus.” Specifically, it was about the relationship between the individual and God.

 

All people have a relationship with God. For some, it’s an estranged relationship, a truce. For some, God is an enemy, a tyrant. For others, God is an enigma or figment of the imagination. Hopefully, you would not describe your relationship with God as any of these. Hopefully, you would describe God as your heavenly Father, who, despite not doing everything you always like and understand, nevertheless and most importantly loves you and is filled with grace and mercy for you. Hopefully, your relationship with Him is something like that of a grandparent and grandchild. It’s like a welcoming hug when a loved one returns from a long time away. It’s like a Thanksgiving meal with the whole family together; it’s a celebration; it’s a warm fire on a cold night; it’s comfort during tough times. It’s like a trip down memory lane, looking at old slides and seeing something that was part of previous generations, now a part of your family — something that is living, and is sacred, bringing blessings to you and those who come after you. If this describes you, and I pray it does, then you are celebrating the Reformation in the best way.
 

Pastor Mark

 
Posted by Monthly Message at 12:00 AM

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