Leaning on God

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

If you have a copy of the “New Revised Standard Version” (NRSV) of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, look in the introduction. Bruce Metzger who lead the translation committee writes:

 “The Bible carries its full message, not to those who regard it simply as a noble heritage of the past or who wish to use it to enhance political purposes and advance otherwise desirable goals, but to all persons and communities who read it so that they might discern and understand what God is saying to them. (New York: Oxford University Press,1991,p.XIV.)

In encountering the scriptures, we expect to encounter God in Christ. We come to the Bible, not projecting our desires upon it, but rather expecting Scriptures to project God’s desires upon us.

We spend a great deal of time questioning the Bible, probing it, speaking to it. But, in John 4 when Jesus knows all about the woman at the well whom he had never met, Scripture reminds us all that the Bible is busy putting  questions to us! While we are busy reading the Scripture, God is also busy reading us!

God has read our fears over the coronavirus. Christ sees our concern about instability in the financial markets. The most often repeated phrase in scriptures is “fear not," our God knows we are prone to being anxious about many things. Let us place our trust in God who has our back and knows our concerns better than we know them ourselves. No coronavirus or dropping of the stock market can ever separate us from the love of Christ Jesus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

See John 4:1-42 for further reflection.

Prayers: Thankfulness that God knows each of us  and calls us friend, for the coronavirus, the financial markets, that our ultimate trust might be placed in Christ Jesus. All who mourn the death of Terry Gren who was Carolyn Hammack's brother.

When Bill Withers wrote the song “Lean On Me” with his friend Paul Hill it was intended to be a Christian tune. They modified some of the language making it more secular in nature, causing it to climb the pop charts in the 1970’s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEyj5f5Sn0s  I believe all things are of use to God and this song, regardless of its secular success, has sacred purposes. Let us lean on God.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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