A Note from Pastor Steve - Late April 2016
"We can say with confidence,
'The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?'"
- Hebrews 13:6
Hi, friends. As I write this, during this fifth week of Easter, our area is just drying up from some significant hail and thunderstorms. Last Tuesday night, I heard what I believe to be the loudest and longest clap of thunder that I've ever heard. It reminded me of a time in my life when I was terribly afraid of thunderstorms.
When I was in the first grade, we lived in the southern part of the Kansas City area (or, more accurately, it was the southern part of Kansas City back then), just south of I-435. One night our dinner was interrupted by the neighbor from across the street, who was pounding on our door because her house had been hit by lightning and was ablaze. While she and her family escaped safely (including two kids, a goldfish, a turtle and two hamsters) and many of their belongings were preserved, the house was destroyed.
For many years, the slightest sound of thunder would frighten me. I was afraid that what I had seen would happen again. But, as I grew, I became more comfortable with thunderstorms. I accepted that they are part of nature and the damage I had witnessed was a rare occurrence.
In some ways, this seems a lot like how many of us feel about telling others about Jesus's presence in our lives. We are afraid. We have seen situations where the sharing is unwelcome. Perhaps we have shared the seeds of our experience a few times, but they have fallen on rocky soil. Eventually, though, we can grow more comfortable with the process and we grow to understand that being willing to talk about our faith is part of the Christian nature. The more we offer some expression of how our lives are affected by the love and grace offered to us, the more comfortable we will grow, and the more the fear will become a distant memory.
May 2, 2016 - 10:31 am
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