January 7, 2019

Dear FPC—

              How is your week going?  How are your “soul training exercises”?  I am struggling finding my 5 minutes quiet time (even just writing that makes me realize how lame that sounds—I can do this!) but I’m enjoying God’s creation, especially the snow covered mountains.  I hope you are doing better than me (or at least are reminded now of our soul training practices for the week)! 

              I really love our catechism question this week.  You can find it here:  http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#1

              It is based on the wonderful first question of the Heidelberg Catechism:  “What is your only comfort in life and death?”  A:  “That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.”  What a personal question! 

              Is there anything more countercultural than confessing that I am not my own, but wholly belong to God?  Is there anything more comforting and hopefilled than that same truth?  We belong.  We belong together.  We belong to our faithful Savior—our whole selves, body and soul; for our whole life—in this world and the next.  He rescued us, he sets us free, he watches over us, he sends us out to live for him.  We are held close by Jesus’ love—in the grip of grace.  Remember how good our God is—and that he came to rescue us.  Amazing! 

              God is good—all the time!  And all the time, God is good!

 May God bless you this week,

 Pastor Steve