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These Are Trying Times

John 14:9

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.

Rays HaircutThese are trying times. This pandemic has given us reason to pause. Some have been isolated in their homes for months now – it seems like longer. Some have been continuing to work – wondering where the rest of us have been (LOL). I pray constantly for our members – family and friends – and for the whole world indeed. In our state – Maryland – our governor has given good leadership during these trying times. Many are calling for him to run for POTUS in 2024.

These are trying times. With the recent death at the hands (knee) of a police officer in Minnesota and the multiple deaths of police officers and others by rioters across the nation – our society seems to be on the brink. Many are blaming or pointing the finger at those from the opposite political party. Racial unrest is nothing new. A solution would be something new. A people who worked together for the good of all people would be good.

These are trying times. Finances are an issue for some. For some – this is not a pandemic issue. The stimulus check helped some – but it was not enough for others – who are not back to work yet.

These are trying times. Many of us miss meeting together as a congregation (we’d love to see you on Zoom Monday through Friday nights at 7 pm). There is something about gathering together that makes live worship in a singular place powerful. TV worship is great but not the same as in person.

These are trying times. Some of us have faced the death or illness of loved ones – and at times – we have not been able to be present with them during these trying times. Funerals are not the same. Hospital stays are not the same. Nursing care facilities not only restrict our visits with our loved ones – but they have been the hardest hit during this pandemic.

These are trying times. I often use the old saying – the cream rises to the top. During these trying times – our faith is very important – even essential. We have faced times that have challenged our faith to rise to the surface. In today’s passage – Jesus tells us that to see Him is to see the Father. O that this would be true of the church today.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. John 14:5–14 – 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

These are trying times. During all of life – during good – bad – or trying times – we need to reflect our Lord and Savior – Jesus the Christ. In everything and everywhere – work – home – online – in conversations and in actions – we need to strive to reflect Jesus.

Philippians 2:1–5 – 1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Micah 6:8 – And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

O what God could do with a church body that consistently strived to reflect Jesus. It shouldn’t take the death of someone or a riot – or an evil event – to wake us up. We should #StayWoke as some post on social media. We need to strive to reflect our Jesus at all times!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. Until we are allowed back into our building – Worship on Sundays will be on https://www.facebook.com/RevRayPage/Live at 10 am. You don’t need to have a Facebook account to follow this page and watch the service live. It will be posted later – on several social media pages and through email.

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