Living In Truth

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Risen Christ,

Between services on Sunday, many of us learned of the death of our brother Terry Herzog.  How we each begin to mourn is unique to the individual while communally the same for all. Some cry, as others smile recalling a humorous moment. A few get angry, as another feels peace. One person feels the need to talk, while another goes silent pondering within. For each of us our journey is our own and unlike that of anyone else’s.

Communally as we heard the news at the start of the 10:30am service, the risen Christ called us all into the hope of Easter that is on the other side of every moment of despair. We each share now in the truth of Christ the King!  Sunday is Christ the King Sunday when Jesus stood before Pilate and told him all the forces of the world, be they Roman or Jewish or of any nation cannot ultimately defeat him. Jesus told Pilate, ”My kingdom does not consist in what you see around you..” (John 18:36). Beware of putting too much trust in what you can see around you. There is literally more going on than what meets the eye.

Our friend Terry Herzog, a great father, spouse, scout leader, and child of God maintained a childlike curiosity about his faith to his dying day. Terry came to GGCC’s men’s group, the community men’s Bible study Brothers Breaking Bread Together (BBBT), a 12 step support group, MUD (Mercy UnDeserved suppers), he was a scout leader. On and on he placed himself in fruitful places to ask the probing questions of life. 

When Pilate asks, ”What is truth?” (John 18:38), I hear Terry saying,” Well, let’s talk about that... Truth for you might be different than what it means for me. Let’s have a conversation.”

This we know, Terry lives on in the truth!

Quote of the week:  “Real hope must always be built –on the far side of despair.” John Keats

See John 18 and 19 for further reflection.

Prayers—Keep the Herzog family Maureen, Zach, Nich and all who mourn in your prayers.  Let us be thankful this Thanksgiving for the journey of faith we share in the risen Christ Jesus.  For Sylas Jon Cruickshank who will be baptized this coming Sunday at the 10:30 service. For the hungry and the poor.

Funeral arrangements for Terry are pending. We will keep you informed. One of his favorite hymns was “How Great Thou Art” 

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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