“But, it’s trouble ahead if you think you have it made. What you have is all you’ll ever get. And it’s trouble ahead if you’re satisfied with yourself. Your self will not satisfy you for long. And it’s trouble ahead if you think life’s all fun and games. There’s suffering to be met, and you’re going to meet it.” (The Message) 

One definition of contemporary is: Belonging to the present. As far as I can see, Eugene Peterson’s contemporary translation of Luke 6:24-25 will never go out of date. The content of the text speaks the perpetual language of adult generations across centuries.

Hymn of the Day: 728 Blest Are They

Although today’s hymn does not explore the statements of woe at the end of Luke’s account of the beatitudes, we do sing out the statements of blessing along with the refrain, “Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!

New Day Worship Song: “Light of the World”

We are encouraged to let Jesus’ light shine in all that we do, everywhere that we are.

For further thought:

A paraphrase of what C.S. Lewis writes in The Problem of Pain: “Like a young person wanting a regular allowance from a parent, we want what God gives us to call our own and spend as we wish. We desire independence, to plan for our own futures and security, to own our own soul. If we call our souls our own we live a lie, for our souls are not our own. We want some corner of the universe of which we can say to God, ‘This is our business, not yours.’ But there is no such corner” (75). Jesus coming down from the mountain to speak on the plain where people had gathered illustrates the manner in which God meets people where they are… to heal and instruct them, demonstrating God’s love. We are blessed by God’s love, no matter where we stand.

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Vicar Nancy Brody

Vicar, 2018-2019

Nancy Brody was called to serve as pastor of Messiah Parish in Halifax, PA. Her congregations are named Messiah Lutheran Church (Fisherville) and St. Peter (Fetterhoff’s).

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