Pulpit Reflections By Rev. Dave Tims Martin Luther's wife came down the stairs one morning dressed in black. Luther said, "Why are you dressed for mourning?"
"Haven't you heard? God is dead," she replied. Her husband sharply rebuked her for saying such a thing. When he quieted down, she said, "Mr. Luther, I was just judging by the way you've been acting."
Sometimes we act like we must bear our heavy burdens alone. We seem to forget that God is alive to help us in our troubles. He isn't dead. He is a loving heavenly father who is living and active in the affairs of his children. Are you his child? Have you received the gift of eternal life and forgiveness Jesus paid on the cross for you? He will not force his way into your life, but desires to if you will but ask him. "But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12
I recently read an article about a Vietnamese man and his family who several years ago were fleeing the Communists, carrying only a few belongings with them as they walked. It was during the Christmas season and an American reporter asked the man what Christmas meant to him.
He replied, "It means that Christ came to this earth to help the poor."
"Has he helped you?" the reporter asked.
"Yes," said the man, "he has given me the strength to walk in pain."
When we look to Jesus, we find the strength we need to do what we have to do. We may not always walk without burdens or without pain, but we can always walk without despair. Jesus is with us.
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee." Isaiah 41:10.
Remember the "10 Finger Prayer" ?. "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me." Philippians 4:13. And most importantly, always remember don't isolate when you are hurting. Run to Jesus. His arms are open wide.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith ? it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8.
None of us deserve his love; none of us can earn his love. Jesus makes us worthy. Jesus makes us lovable. Jesus is enough.