Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

For the Good

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

When Fred Rogers was asked what should children do when a disaster happens? He said ,”Look for the helpers.” It reminds me of great biblical verses such as, ”The light shines in the darkness and darkness did not overcome it,”  John 1:5 Or “Through all things God works for good…” Romans 8:28

*How can we see God at work for good in the dark days of covid 19?* On Sunday I plan to preach on this topic.   Leonard Sweet has a list of 10 ways that God will use Covid 19 for good, which has inspired my thoughts on the topic.

  1. Salvation Jesus needs to be reclaimed. May Christ’s healing power be renewed among us.
  2. Respond to the call of Simon of Cyrene. How can we better carry one another’s cross?
  3. Re-engage the home and multigenerational living. 
  4. Pay attention in new ways to smells, light, color, silence, solitude, and community.
  5. Face the reality of death. Trust we were born for eternity.
  6. Appreciate both the Emmaus and Damascus Roads. See Jesus in unexpected places calling you to turn your life around.
  7. The supremacy of human relationships. In Genesis we are told, ”It is not good for any of us to be alone.”
  8. Scream in your heart. This is a time to exercise our heart muscle like never before.
  9. Re-examine creation.  How might we better steward the earth’s resources?
  10. Rediscover the table. Don’t label others, table with others.

During Sunday’s sermon, we will dive deeper into these teachings.  I realize the gravity of these times and I do not take looking at the bright side of things flippantly. However, I do believe the God of the cross who suffers with us, is also at work bringing a new resurrection among us.

Prayers: For hope in our present time. For all who mourn the death of John Lewis, may the work he began continue in all of us.

*We hope that all of you can join the zoom conversation at “The Well” tonight from 6pm-7pm with Rev Larron Jackson on race relations.* Contact Vikki Luce vikki.luce@godsgracecc.com  if you are not on the zoom invitation list for The Well.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen