Way, Truth, Life

I Am the truth, the way, and the life …
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:1-7

In the current state of our world, it is quite easy to be overcome by stress and anxiety. There is constant pressure to be the best, to do the most, and even to be happy all the time. But let’s be honest, it’s not always easy to do these things. We are easily consumed by thinking about all the things left undone on our to-do lists or anxious about the future that seems so uncertain. We are surrounded by illness, death, and disasters (both natural and human-caused). Amidst all of these things, it’s not always easy to pick ourselves up and push on.

Even in our church right now, people may be holding anxiety about the future. It’s a time of grieving as we let go of our old building, and we wait with anticipation for all that is ahead of us. It’s not an easy time and we constantly have to adjust to factors outside of our control. It often seems a matter of time before another unexpected factor comes along.

Let’s face it, the anxiety all around us is real and sometimes very hard to bear. However, this week, I truly hear God saying to each of us, “Trust in me and follow my voice.” I hear God calling us near to the divine presence and to trust in this call on our lives. We may be uncertain about what the future hold, but we are on a path that Jesus Christ himself has led us on. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says that if we know him we can trust that God has prepared a place for us. At this point in our journey as a church, I hear God telling us to trust in the future that is before us. There will be a place for us downtown as a church and there will be effective ministry happening and God will be with us.

This week I pray that we can all lean closer to Christ, trusting that God has prepared a place for us both in heaven and on earth. We are people called to share the love and light of Christ everywhere we go. If we follow the way of Christ, we follow the way to life and life eternal. May it be so.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship at 8:30 or 11:30!

Peace and blessings,

Pastor Kipp

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