Dear St. Lukers,
I absolutely love fireworks! So Independence Day, which was yesterday, is one of my favorite holidays. I’ve always been mesmerized and captivated by the colors, designs, and sounds. Fireworks, of course, not only call our attention to the sky, but on the 4th of July, they call our attention to our freedom. However you spent the day, I hope you made time to reflect and give thanks for the freedom we have in Christ and in this country.
As I’ve mentioned before, our faith works in the same way as fireworks. Faith illumines the darkness, the unknown, and the unseen. No one needs faith for “broad daylight” or for something that you can see. Rather, faith is needed only for the unseen. Whether people admit it or not, everyone has faith in someone or something. Having faith is not solely a religious or spiritual matter. It is an everyday; life goes on, routine kind of thing.
Yes, we all live and make decisions based upon faith in someone and/or something, but we should pause periodically and ask ourselves an important question: “are we living lives of faith that “mesmerize” and “captivate” God?” In this Sunday’s passage, Matthew 22:36-40, we will listen in on a question that the Pharisees asked Jesus: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
The answer that Jesus gives, to love God and neighbor, is the decisive way in which we respond to God’s love, live out our faith, “mesmerize” and “captivate” God, and foster peace in our lives and world. May our faith in action and acts of love shine brightly and boldly, creating beauty in darkness and illuminating the lives of others.
This Sunday, join Pastor Jad and me as we continue in our sermon series, “Finding the Missing Peace.” Come ready to find our third missing piece/clue, which is to “Take Risks” in the ways we love God and one another.
See you Sunday, because it’s not St. Luke’s without U!