To the Moon

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Scripture is a great place to go when we need encouraging. A favorite section for me is John 15. Jesus is telling his disciplines everything is going to be all right even when he is physically gone. I love the verses such as , “….I do not call you servants any longer …I call you friends. You did not choose me I chose you (John 15:15,16).” To know that we are chosen to be Jesus' friends are very encouraging words.

As I think of what it means right now to befriend the people of Haiti, I think it means to be prepared to encourage them for the long haul. To do this will take perseverance unlike we have perhaps ever experienced before. The rebuilding of Haiti will take a tenacity that can only come from God. To be part of it will require keeping your encouragers near, for there will be discouraging times ahead.

“When Werner von Braun headed the Marshall space Flight Center, he received letters from all over the world and had a number of secretaries to compose standard replies. Sometimes von Braun would scribble a few words in the margins of the ‘form letters.’ On one occasion, a college student wrote asking about the future of space flight; the secretaries wrote a cautious form letter reply, pointing out the risks , boredom and uncertainties of this new field, suggesting that the student consider all alternatives. Von Braun scratched through the cautious reply and scribbled,"Come with us! We’re going to the moon!” (Houston Hodges Huntsville Times , Sept 1994)

God has chosen you to be Jesus' friend. It is in the bounds of such a relationship that all things are possible, from going to the moon, to Haiti’s recovery. For the one who died Jesus the Christ has rose again from the dead. Let the resurrection of Haiti begin! And praise God we will be given ways to serve, partner and be part of God's plans among us for restoration and redemption.

Who are your encouragers? Keep them near, so that you might be reminded often of the joy and power that comes from being “chosen to be a friend of Jesus.”

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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