There has been much written about the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have to look no further than those who gave their lives for the belief that God sent his son into the world to save the world and that through believing in that son, Jesus Christ, one might have eternal life. In the Luke passage for this week's readings, Jesus is very blunt on this. He says that he has come to bring division - parent against child, sister against sister. That to me is indeed a heavy burden. But Christ brings this division not for division sack. No, it is much more. To gain a clearer picture, look at what is recorded in Hebrews. Paul writes the history of those whose faith led them away from what was familiar to them ... Starting with the Father of our faith, Abraham, Paul writes of others, like Abraham, who placed their faith in God above their families. Sometimes the cost was very high. They did so because they believed that the promise God made to them that they would be in covenant with their Creator was greater than the ties of family,and/or friends.
Sometimes we get a glimpse of that in our lives. I cannot say that I have been tortured for my faith but I can say that I have family members who shake their heads in disbelief that I do and say what I do and say. For them, it is all about the here and now; getting ahead; not rocking the boat. While I love them dearly, I am sad that they choose not to believe. Their belief is, I suppose by looking at their deeds and listening to their words, that they are indeed the master of their fate. They created who they are and no one, not God, had any role in that.
The good news is that despite the cost of following Jesus, the rewards are much greater. So I will continue along my way, serving as God calls me and praying that others, family especially, will join this community of faith. See you Sunday!
For the complete scriptures for this week I urge you to look at Psalm 80, Isaiah 5: 1, 1 - 7, Hebrews 11: 29 - 12:2, Luke 12: 42 -56.
Schedule for Communion on the Charge is usually thus:
1st Sunday: Capon Chapel 1 pm
2nd Sunday: Central 9:30 am
3rd Sunday: Capon Bridge 11 am
4th Sunday: North River Mills 1 pm
We are moving forward , spreading the Gospel of love and grace. Will you not join us in this effort? The rewards are heavenly! See you Sunday, Alanna