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A Note From Pastor Georgette
Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves…life doesn’t go as expected. We wake up each morning to the promise of a new day. Some nights, we lay our head on the pillow, wonder what happened. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded…what ever happens, we are not alone. One of my favorite chapters of the entire New Testament is Romans 8. It’s part of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. In it, Paul talks about the reality of God’s Love, God’s Spirit, God’s ongoing presence with the Church in that day, encouraging them to pay attention to what God was doing. Paul challenged the Church to examine their hearts and lives, so that they, the world they were part of, would be transformed. Not by some mystical, magical moment, but moment by moment remembering, reminding one another, come what may, God was with them.
Paul identifies humanity’s felt need for life to go “our way” as selfishness. In verse eight, Paul said, “The attitude that comes from selfishness leads to death, but the attitude that comes from the Spirit, leads to life and peace.” He goes on to say (vs. 9), “But you aren’t self-centered. Instead you are in the Spirit, if in fact God’s Spirit lives in you.”
Why did Paul teach these things to the Church then? Why do we need to be reminded of them today? Because life is hard, “being” rather than “going to” Church challenges us to put ourselves aside for the sake of how God might use the realities of our lives, to offer hope to others. Paul’s teaching reminds the Church in every generation, (vs. 26) “The Spirit comes to help our weakness.” That, (vs. 28) “God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his (emphasis added) purpose.” Paul begins his summary of God’s life in us, with some questions, (vs. 31) “If God is for us, who is against us?” (vs. 35) Who will separate us from God’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” Paul’s emphatic answer is NO! (vs. 37-39) “But in all these things, we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.”
Just as we wake up each morning to a new day, we wake up to a new opportunity to recognize, be grateful for the presence of Christ, at work in our daily lives restoring us, the world around us. No, life will not go as we expected. God is at work, continues to speak of the reality of God’s Love, Spirit and Presence in every generation, in this generation. Sometime, it’s helpful to be reminded…we are not alone. Be encouraged, Beloved, God IS with us!