Today’s Word from Pastor Jim…

Jesus “emptied himself taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:7-8

Every story in the Bible is a human story. Human stories written by humans, inspired by God.

Every story in the Bible is a human story. Humans struggling with their lot in life. Humans trying to find meaning and purpose—trying to find their place in creation.

Humans trying to find God – trying to understand God’s activity and God’s silence.

Every story in the Bible is a human story.

Brothers that don’t get along.

Children who wander off to distant lands.

Children who disrespect their parents.

Parents who play favorites with their children.

Women unable to have children, and mothers who must bury their babies.

Death is always close in the Biblical narrative.

Life is fragile and dangerous.

War and famine.

Palace intrigue and dysfunctional families.

Betrayal and forgiveness.

Those struggling with disease or disability.

Those struggling with mental illness.

Every story in the Bible is a human story.

It is your story, and it is mine.

And the common theme of nearly every story is fear.

Humans, by nature, are fearful creatures.

We are afraid of the dark.

We are afraid of change.

We are afraid of the unknown.

We are afraid of losing those we love.

We are afraid of dying, and we are afraid of living.

The anxiety that you are feeling this year is nothing new. You are not alone or unique. The anxiety that you are experiencing has been a part of every human story.

I would encourage you to come to church this Easter Sunday; I believe that you will be blessed by being in the presence of those who share your humanity. Come to TLC this Sunday; hear the Easter story, be uplifted by beautiful music, eat bread and wine at a table that welcomes everyone.

Our human stories will merge this Sunday as words of grace wash over us and we are renewed for daily living.

This Sunday the darkness of Holy Week will give way to the light of Easter.

One day closer,
Pastor Jim