Wednesday, March 18

“Blessed to be a Blessing”

In 2019 Christ the King Lutheran Church celebrated 30 years of ministry. In response to God’s goodness the people of Christ the King made significant commitments to a special 30 th Anniversary Thank Offering. In these days of learning how to navigate the uncharted territory of a pandemic it might be helpful for you and me to consider the words: “Blessed to be a Blessing.” 

To say “I am blessed” is not to deny the trials of our lives. To be “blessed” does not mean that we look past our tendency to sin daily. So, when we hold onto to the words “B lessed to be a Blessing” we are looking reality in the face and choosing to walk by faith. The reality of these days is so different from anything we have ever experienced. We do not know exactly what is in store for us as we adjust to the current situation. I am reminded of God’s servant Job. The Old Testament narrative about this man describes how his life was chaotically, dramatically and tragically turned upside down. Job lost so much. But he continued to hold onto hope in God. After Job heard the news of the deaths of his children he responded this way: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.    And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”   In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” Job 1:20-22.

Lord, as I face various kinds of loss and uncertainties, help me, like Job, to trust in you. I thank you that you have given me faith that Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection allows me to have hope no matter what I face. Thank you that in these days you are teaching me new ways of trusting in you. Amen.