Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin
7557 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 925.828.1580
A Word from Our Pastor...
When we think of the things which are necessary for life what comes to mind are tangible things like food, water and shelter. We worry about our home and our jobs which are needed to support us and our families. But even as we struggle with these things everything still rests on a precarious balance because without our health we cannot even continue the struggle for the good life. There are far too many things that are out of our control like accidents or sickness that can destroy even our best efforts.
There are things which are intangible, much more difficult to grasp which are just as necessary for life as food, water and shelter. One of them we don’t often think of is community. And not just any community will do. We need a community that is dedicated to giving life, not a group that has banded together to create power. That kind of community like many powerful political or business groups will leave the weak by the side of the road if they fall behind or are no longer needed. So what are the elements of a life giving community? Love, compassion and a concern for every individual within the community, even the stranger. Our culture at large is changing for the better but there is still a long way to go. People can work their entire lives trying to set enough by for themselves as they age only to have it all disappear through corporate or banking manipulations that are little better than piracy.
God is trying to create caring communities who are a catalyst for change on our world. Being a part of such a community is in a large way what it means to be Christian, to be a church. No one should be alone, especially when trouble comes.
Another thing that is needed for a good life is a future. We cannot live in the past and the present often happens in ways beyond our control. The future however allows us to anticipate many things even to an extent to have a little control over lives that might otherwise be too chaotic to endure. It ultimately gives us room in our lives for hope. The world still has its twist and turns as do the people around us. Like folk wisdom reminds us; the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray. Hope, however, is what enables us to put one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on. Death and especially the fear of death is what paralyzes us and can steal our life away even while we still live.
One intangible yet remains that we need to truly live and that is belief in something larger than ourselves, faith. Faith that we are not alone, faith that we do matter and faith that we are loved and cared for. It is faith in those around us and in the God who loves us that gives our hope wings and moves us forward every day. I say that with conviction yet I know that many people would not even agree with me on the very existence of God. Yet belief in something larger than ones’ self can take many forms, nationalism, a belief in humanity, science, or even and almost insane belief that we are the center of the universe.
As Christians all of our hope, all of our faith, even our belief in love itself centers on God. For it is God and God’s love for each one of us individual and as a community of believers that draws us to- gether and moves us forward as a people of God. Even with food water and shelter we have no life without God. For as Paul tells us “in him we live and move and have our being.” When all else has passed away Paul says only three things will remain, three intangibles that give our life meaning, “faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love”
Pastor Jim Bliss