No One But Us

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In her book, ”Holy the Firm,” Annie Dillard writes that when it comes to following Jesus, obeying the commands of scripture, walking the narrow way of Christ, “there is no one but us:’

“A blur of romance clings to our notion of these people in the Bible. As though, of course, God should come to these simple folks, these Sunday school watercolor figures who are purely themselves. While we now are complex…busy…

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? There is no one but us. There is no one to send nor pure heart on the face of the earth,but only us. A generation comforting ourselves with the notion that we have come at an awkward time, but there is no one but us, there never has been. There are generations which remembered, and generations which forgot. There has never been a generation of whole men and women who lived well for even one day. There is no one but us.”  ~Annie Dillard

Young Isaiah hears the voice from heaven, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”  Well, according to Dillard, there is nobody but us. We may not be the best, nor the most obedient, but we are all that God has got!

I know of people who have been looking for the perfect church their whole lives, a pure, faithful church. I know pastors who have spent 30 years on the verge of active ministry. They are ready to get in the ministry if everybody around them gets it right. If they just get the right church, they will set out to serve the Lord with full vigor!

Well, the truth is, this church, our church, the church to which you and I belong (whatever community of faith that is for you personally), is the only “good church” there is. God Almighty  has placed herself strongly, frighteningly dependent upon “no one but us.”

We are the chosen ones. See John 15:9-17 for further reflection.

Prayers: For all the lonely and isolated who are in need of the reminder that they are chosen. The reminder that there is “no one but us.”

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen


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