From November 21, 2014
by Pastor Cliff
A legend tells us that when Jesus returned to heaven he was asked by an angel: “What have you left behind to carry out the work?” Jesus answered, “A little band of men and women who love me.” “But what if they fail when the trial comes? Will all you have done be defeated?” “Yes,” said Jesus, “if they fail, all I have done will be defeated.” “Is there nothing more?” “No,” Jesus said, “there is nothing more.” “What then?” “They will not fail,” said Jesus.
This legend makes it clear that Jesus trusts us with his work of preaching good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, liberating the oppressed, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:17-19). These are our tasks. We mustn’t fail. Reach deep for some of our sister, Sojourner Truth’s, backbone and determination.
Ms. Truth, a former slave who preached against slavery in the 1840s, would go from city to city, trying to get people to see that God wanted slavery ended. Once a heckler said, “Old woman, do you think your talk about slavery does any good? Do you suppose people care what you say? Why, I don’t care any more for your talk than I do for the bite of a flea.” “Perhaps not,” she replied, “but the Lord willing, I’ll keep you scratching.”
See you at church on Sunday!
Interim Pastor, FBCR