By Grace

Dear Sinners and Saints,
 
In the name of the risen Christ,  I give thanks for each of you. Our family is especially appreciative of your recent support in the wake the death of Samuel Fletcher Nichols, my wife’s father. Your prayers and actions were felt.
 
When you mourn or take time to attend a funeral, it is hard to avoid pondering the world in a different way. Why am I here?  What matters most to me? What should be my focus? Am I too preoccupied with gathering stuff versus entering relationships? It is inevitable that I see inconsistencies and even hypocrisies, and this is what is wrong with me and the world. I am not as faithful as I might be to the path of following the risen Christ.
 
As I mourn Samuel Fletcher and seek the hope that is ours in Christ Jesus, I go to the Magna Charta of scripture, the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12.  It is in those words that we receive hope. “Blessed “ are the poor, the mourner, the meek, the hungry, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemaker, and the persecuted. The world as we know it, is flipped upside down and all around.  Jesus is pointing to a power that goes beyond the winners on November the 8th. To a peace that comes from more than gathering the largest amount of stuff. Jesus is calling us into a promise or covenant that is often opposite the way of the world. By the power of the resurrection we are grafted into all that matters, an eternal relationship.  
 
The greatest flip Christ makes is the gift of grace. We do not earn our way , or purchase the ultimate inheritance, it is given to us!  “Christ “ is a verb. Christ took action on our behalf. God wouldn’t stay dead, because Christ loved us. Death has been overturned!
 
Prayers: The health of Debbi Meador, for all who mourn Edna Utley-mother of Cleo Frye, for all who mourn Samuel Fletcher Nichols, for the coming election, the poor, the mourning, the hungry, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemaker, and the persecuted. And for all the Saints who have gone before us.
 
Still in One Peace,
 
Pastor David J. Jensen

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