Pastor's Corner

Here is one of my favorite quotes: 

"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”       

Martin Luther      

Faith is not simple words we speak on Sunday morning.  It is living.  It is a confidence not in ourselves, but in God’s grace to restore and reconcile us to Himself.  At times in our lives, God will test us and ask us to take a leap of faith.  Will God provide for us?  Will He see us through this storm of life that suddenly seemed to burst upon us?  What will things be like 5 years from now? What about 10 years from now?  What kind of impact will this life changing choice make on me and my family?  Sometimes we don’t know the answer to those questions until we take the leap and jump to reach out for our goals.

 I remember going to the Circus one time, when it came to town.  The clowns were neat, and the tigers and dancing bears and elephants, but the real attraction that caught my attention was the trapeze artists.  It was amazing to me that they would swing so fast, so freely and then seemingly easily let go high above the net and jump to reach out for the next bar or fellow performers hands.  For me it gave me a vivid picture of faith.  It was moving, living, and exciting.  Their performance didn’t start there that night. 

How many hours, weeks, months and years of training brought them to that night of performing on the trapeze?  I honestly don’t know.  But I am sure that they worked up to that great height that I saw there at the circus.  And for our faith it can begin the same way, many of us were baptized as children.  We were taught how to pray, and read the Bible, how to listen for Christ’s promises and voice as He comes to us in His Word and Sacraments.  And then when those moments in life arrive, it is not the first time we make that leap of faith.  We know that if we fall, Jesus will be there to catch us.  That there is an unexhaustive well of grace that gives us the freedom to be, as Luther put it: so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”

 Galatians 2:20b The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  May we all live boldly with the faith with have in Christ Jesus, so that we can jump thousands of times, all the while trusting in His hands that have promised to reach and to save us.

                                                                                                                                  In His Grip,

                                                                                                                                            Pastor Ryan Honeycutt