Going Deeper 03.24.2021

The first reading for Palm/Passion Sunday...  Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.

This morning I would like to focus on that first verse, especially the phrase "that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word."

I am confident that weariness is more prevalent right now than I have ever seen in my lifetime.  For what is now more than a year, we have been experiencing crises of various sorts, resulting in more of us being worn out to various degrees and in a variety of ways.  For too many, this is a time of serious emotional pain.

As children of God, we find our strength, hope, and peace in our relationship with our Abba Father, as well as in the ongoing presence of our Brother Jesus, sustained by the Holy Spirit.  We trust that God will never leave us or forsake us, and we experience optimism in knowing that God can make all things work together for good, according to His purpose (Romans 8).   But even with these foundational beliefs, all of us can still experience levels of weariness.

This makes our relationships with one another within the family of God that is our church home exceedingly important.  Please reach out to one another... reach out when you need encouragement and support, and reach out to offer encouragement and support to those whom you sense may be hurting.  Let's make sure that the question "How are you?" is more than a part of a casual greeting.

Taking care of one another is a central part of why we are a church!

With You in His Care,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"