The love of Jesus is not only resourceful; it is eternal. By his grace, we will abide with him. The same close- ness we experience in this life will continue in the life to come. Jesus simply will not let us go! He has sticky hands. The abiding joy that begins now shall one day be forever. Nothing and nobody, not even death itself, “will take your joy from you.”
As Christians, we are not abandoned to the moment. Our faith is more than contemporary. We don’t have to come to church every Sunday to try to reinvent our faith. We think with, are guided by, and encouraged by the words of Scripture and the witness of the saints, both past and present. Think of our Christian faith as an extended conversation with the dead, those saints of the previous generations who still speak to
us. In Jesus’ prayer in John 17, he lets us in on a se- cret: We do not walk the path of faith alone; the saints walk before us and with us. Isn’t it great to know that we are not the first to struggle to follow Jesus? And isn’t it great to know that Jesus prays for us, each step of the way?
Peace, Pastor Gary