CONNECT – INSPIRE – ENGAGE – REPEAT
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. 1 Corinthians 12:12
Words from our DS Anita Hahn
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God- not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NRSV
“Jesus answered Nicodemus, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” John 3:3 NRSV
A gift from God-
Born from Above-
What if it’s not about me/you?
What if every decision you made, today, wasn’t about you? What if today you made decisions that would make life better for someone else? And what if that someone else was someone that you didn’t even know? How would you take time to understand the real needs and how would your decisions change the dynamics of that person’s life, positively, forever? How have you claimed the faith that God has given you and how are you allowing the Kingdom of God to shine?
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the cross and the suffering of Christ (ok, it’s Lent). It’s not a new question, but it’s one that I wish I could find an answer for that would prove to another, new to the faith, that it is right. But questions like-why did God have to sacrifice God’s own Son-couldn’t God have found another-more humane way to save us? And if I claim salvation through the blood of my Savior-that’s just gross and the images needed for an R rated movie?
The last few weeks, I have been reading “Almost Christian, What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling American Church,” by Kenda Creasy Dean and “Canoeing the Mountains, Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory” by Tod Bolsinger. They are two books that challenge the “status quo” of the Church and ask the tough, “so that” questions. Because you know that Jesus died for you that you might know life- How is that not just wrong? Why would God ask/allow God’s Son to suffer and die?
And then I remember the many-who in emergency situations, in war, in planned scenarios- have knowingly laid down their lives for another.
Here I am Lord……….
We’ve claimed a selfish faith. I’ve lost my purse (sigh…long story short) and I keep praying, please Lord, let me find it! Take care of me! I’ve had a pain in my back this week- and I’m frustrated. Good God, take this away.
And then I remember that God is the God who is so much more concerned with all of creation than just me. Do you go through the motions of faith to get what you need or do you go through the motions of faith, knowing you are loved and enough, so that you can claim the courage to live as Jesus lived and died? And what is it about your living that compels others to pick up the cross and follow?
Seek the Lord who now is present, call upon the Lord, who is near, let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return, that the Lord may have mercy on them; that our God may abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:6-11; adapt, UMH 125
Seeking to Claim the Cross- to impact lives- so that ALL may know the fullness and Grace of God-
Thanks for walking this journey with me-
Anita K. Hahn