Pastor Cathy Daharsh
After the excitement of holidays are over, we are left back with our routines of life, which can be a relief for some but for others the cold, gray, and dark days can be tempting to hibernate and get lost in our own thoughts and fears. This time of year can throw our alignment off leading us to feeling exhausted and depressed. The truth is all of us have experienced times in our life when we feel out of sorts and I would add that we do not feel in right relationship with God. During our staff meeting yesterday, we discussed this very subject. We talked about what throws our alignment off and what contributes to feeling out of sync.
What contributes to you feeling out of sync?
- Too busy?
- Feeling distracted?
During the profession of faith in Holy Baptism, we ask the congregation to join sponsors and parents, or those being baptized in confessing our faith in Jesus and rejecting sin. We say this with the understand that there are temptations and darkness in the world that are pressing against us every day.
Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? I renounce them.
The rejection of sin in the liturgy is followed by the Apostle’s Creed where we confess our understanding of God and God’s love and forgiveness when we fall short and we feel out of alignment with God.
The second part of our staff conversation yesterday was what are ways that we try to realign ourselves. For some of us it might be time and space, for others it might be sitting down and talking with someone, and for me the best way is pray and lean on friends and family.
Our study of the book of Luke, ends this week with the Temptation of Jesus (Luke 4:1-13). The ways in which the devil tempts Jesus aren’t new to us. The devil tempts Jesus with needs, security, and power. These things are not so different than our needs and wants. God promises to be with us always; whether those times are sad, depressed, or joyful. But, the devil tempts us to doubt that promise too. Jesus leans on the scriptures to work through the temptations of the devil that try to throw him off.
As we live through the dark and cold days of January, may we remember that God is the source of all goodness, and God’s love is stronger than our fears and darkness. Amen.