Resilience

I was still thinking about my sermon last Sunday about the need for resilience in the time that we are in. This seemed to resonate with many, as I received a number of comments about the sermon. Today (Wednesday), I picked up this week’s “Time” magazine and saw the “From the Editor” section was titted “Faith in Resilience.”
 
I read these words “Resilience is a theme running throughout this issue, and throughout this year in which the punches just keep coming.” I thought to myself, “I guess I was really onto something that just about everyone is feeling the need of. Resilience. I am also reflecting upon how important it is that we have a community of faith that is thoughtful, compassionate, living in love and working for justice. Let’s not take that for granted.
 
This week we finish up with our series on the Letter to the Ephesians. The imagery in Ephesians 6: 10 – 20 is very militaristic, conjuring up images of people marching to “onward Christian soldiers, marching as to
war.” These militaristic and triumphal images are not my favorite way of looking at my faith. But there are battles to be fought beginning with our own internal battles — with addictions, anger, or just the battle to be kind amidst such craziness. There are battles to be fought on behalf of those who have no voice. Battles to be fought against grinding poverty and senseless violence. And finally battles to be fought for the common good. These are always non-violent battles but we need to be equipped for these battles.

These are some of the things we will be talking about on Sunday. I hope to see you in worship.

Peace to you,

Steve


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