July 2021 – A Letter from Pastor Lori

Dear Beloved,

     Festivals are happening almost every weekend.   If not Festivals then City Wide garage sales.  Parades somewhere every weekend.  Vacations that have been planned, are coming to fruition.  Places close and far away being visited.  VBS at Ansley is quickly coming up.  The VBS at Loup City is still in the planning stage.   Baseball and softball games are being played.  Traveling teams are going places and seeing different things along with playing a sport that they love.   Families going along to support their player(s), as well as the team.  Summer is in full swing. 

     I looked at my July schedule and was overwhelmed with meetings and events coming up.  I was talking to a friend and she stated and after July the kids are getting ready to go back to school.  How true that is.   Scary.  July in its busy-ness will fly by and then summer will end quickly thereafter.  

     In our Busy-ness of summer and the start of school we cannot forget about the relationship with Christ that we all search for and need. 

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8, NIV

As Christians, we can sometimes forget it. We can forget that Christ died for the “weak”. We can forget that Christ died for those who brought nothing to the proverbial table. We can forget Christ died for us precisely at the time when we had nothing to give Him. Verse 6 in the above passage says it all. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” This word “weak” in the Greek conjures up the image of someone who is sick. The word describes someone who is frail, someone who is helpless, someone who is so weak they are not even able to raise an arm to care for themselves.

     The image is almost like that of someone who is on their deathbed. That is quite different from a “righteous” person; who might be deemed “worthy” of dying for. That is quite different from a “good” person; whose kindness in the world might warrant their being saved. No, all of these pictures of “good” and “righteous” people are thrown out the window when it comes to our being saved in Christ. Jesus came to die for the sick, the frail, people so weak they can’t even raise an arm to care for themselves. The image is stark: a deathbed, with a person so frail, so sickly, that they are moments away from dying. That is us. Jesus could have found such more “noble” people to save; people much cleaner, much healthier, much wealthier. Instead, Jesus chose us. Jesus chose to save us when we are at our lowest in life; literally at death’s door. I hope we never forget this. As Christians, we can so easily forget how it is we have been saved, how it is we have such hope, how it is we have the Holy Spirit; it all happened because of Jesus’ mercy shown to you at the darkest moment of your life. All this because at just the right time, while we were still weak, Christ died for us, the ungodly.

Chief of sinners though I be,

Jesus shed His blood for me.

Died that I might live on high,

 Lived that I might never die

As the branch is to the vine,

I am His and He is mine.

 

In Christ’s service

 

Pastor Lori