Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the opening scene of the movie “Gladiator” (2000), General Maximus (Russell Crowe) shouts to his men , ”Unleash Hell!”, against the Visigoths. With great balls of fire crashing all around them , General Maximus feels the armor of someone brush up against his back. He whips around , expecting to find an enemy to fight , but discovers his own armor-bearer, protecting his rear.
Do you live life expecting to see an enemy to fight? Or, do you live life expecting to see someone who has your back? The truth is , we often see what we expect to see.
Right now, my deepest prayer is that we as families, and citizens of the United States seek to see “armor bearers who want to protect our rear.” Often, we base relationships on the worst moment that another has had, or on the issue we have the greatest disagreement on. What would happen if we sought first to see the other as a sister or brother with the same frailties, we all have. Each of us lacks perfection, we are all in need of God’s grace and mercy. We all are craving the companionship of a friend who has our back.
See Judges 4 for further reflection on how two great women, Deborah and Jael, teach us about ‘having each other’s back.’
Prayers : That we each individually seek what unites versus divides. For unity as a nation. For current President Trump and Vice President Pence. President elect Biden and Vice President Harris. For Veterans Day and the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. As well as veterans everywhere.
Do not miss The Well tonight from 6pm-7pm ! If you are not on the Zoom invitation list for The Well, let Vikki Luce firstname.lastname@example.org know.
*Don’t forget the guest host of next week’s Well (November 18, 2020) is Peter Mayer, lead guitarist of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. You will want to invite friends to attend that.*
Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen