Pastor Mary’s Ponderings . . .
Foundations are important. That is why it is important to wear good shoes and take care of your feet. If, not, your foundation can be compromised – your toes crippled, your arches – flat; your heels – get rough and hardened putting your whole body out of line – off kilter. So it is when we forget our foundational precepts. When we forget to live the core of our beliefs, it could be the beginning of the end, no matter what area of your life you are looking at. When we fail to love; when we fail to show compassion; when we fail to offer mercy, our whole life journey takes a different path. Marriages will fail when we fail to nurture our relationship with our spouse. Children’s lives will be compromised when we fail to be a Christian example for them to follow. If we allow the darkness in the world to overcome us, we dim the Light of Christ and our pathway and our world becomes full of shadows and uncertainty.
As the church, our foundation, is Jesus Christ. His teachings, His love, His resurrection, His peace is what undergirds us and gives us a solid path in which to do ministry and mission which bring Glory to God. If we forget this, our mission, our purpose as the church is miss aligned and no matter how hard we try we will not win souls for Christ and we will not be force in our community or in the world. And certainly. We will not bring Glory to God. We must never forget that we are His creation through our Baptism and through His Word. We, the church, can do nothing part from Him. When we leave Christ out of the equation, out of our decision making, out of our call to mission, our work will be in vain. Every time we do not seek His guidance, every time our decisions are made with selfish and worldly concerns and not by what Christ would have us do – we leave Him out.
If love, compassion, mercy, grace, kindness, gentleness, and joy are not the reasons for our being, our mission, our relationships with one another and the world, then we are not the church. We can only be a church if Christ is our foundation, if Christ is in our in all our interactions in our personal and corporate lives.
“The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord. She is His new creation by water and the Word. From heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride; With His own blood He bought her and for her life He died.”
Blessings, Pastor Mary