Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Roller Coaster

Whew, can you believe January is almost over? (tomorrow!) This month has gone by so quickly and been such a roller coaster. We had hoped 2021 would bring more of a lazy river vibe, but, nope, roller-coaster still here.

I just now wondered, does anyone else think life is like a roller coaster? So I googled it. And yes, I’m not the first to come up with that image or metaphor.

Life is like a roller coaster. Ups, downs, twists and turns, but what a ride.”

Lisa Layden

Sometimes, life can kinda be like a rollercoaster ride….If you don’t get on the ride, you won’t experience the adventure.”

Mariah Carey

Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs. But it’s your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.”


I do agree, life is like a roller coaster, but we’re not on the ride alone. Jesus is with us. So when we close our eyes, scream, feel sick to our stomach, he’s there holding us and feeling it with us.

And really, we can scream or enjoy the ride. We can take hope in knowing that the scary parts won’t be the end and the joy of adventure keeps us on our toes. It often goes a bit faster than we might wish so we need to lean in and take it all in.

The prophet Isaiah brings a message from God to the people (us):

“Do not be afraid—I will save you.
    I have called you by name—you are mine.
When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;
    your troubles will not overwhelm you.
When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;
    the hard trials that come will not hurt you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the holy God of Israel, who saves you.
I will give up Egypt to set you free;
    I will give up Ethiopia[a] and Seba.
I will give up whole nations to save your life,
    because you are precious to me
    and because I love you and give you honor.
Do not be afraid—I am with you! Isaiah 43:1-5a GNT

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow as we gather for Sunday worship via the stream at 10:00 am. The service will include a memorial celebration for Lyle Mercer.

Grace be with you,