Minister Luke's Message.........
Live into the Paradox
There is nothing quite as perfectly balanced as bright fall colors and summer-like temperatures. We are blessed with a few days like this in Minnesota and today has been one of those wonderful days. I write this on September 22nd. We just finished up fellowship and lunch under the pavilion here at Our Savior’s. It may be one of the last days we can do this but, wow! today was perfect.
Much like 75 degrees coupled with bright red/yellow leaves, we can learn to see two seemingly different realities come together perfectly. Jesus would often preach and teach in paradoxical ways. Martin Luther teaches us to embrace the paradox of being both sinner and saint. There is a lot of wisdom in looking at the world through a paradoxical lens, especially now. There are a lot of differing views out there. It’s an election year and it’s been a doozy already. Couple that with a worldwide pandemic and there are a lot of reasons to be wary. Still, we are called to love our neighbor and, yes, even our enemies. It may not be second nature to apply grace right now, but I must remind you that this is what we are called to do.
God makes promises to us, the greatest of which is made manifest in Christ. God gives us an unbelievable gift of grace that lasts forever. It is not something that we earn, mind you, as it is freely given. God also makes demands. We are called to be forgiving, to lift up a poor, to be a voice for the voiceless, to be slow to anger, to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. What does that mean for us today? It means that we can get through these unprecedented times. Go out of your way to be forgiving, give each other a little more space and grace, be gentle with each other as we are all experiencing extra anxiety right now. This is how the church becomes a beacon for all. Be like this perfect day, where two seemingly different people learn to come together and make life better for everyone. Our differences can be our strength if we live as Jesus taught us. Remember, we are a beloved community.