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September 26, 2020

“I am with you, says the Lord, to save you.” Jeremiah 30:11

Earlier this week, a small group of Grace members gathered via Zoom to talk about evangelism. That’s kind of a scary word for Lutherans. We may hold our faith deeply, but we don’t always feel comfortable talking about it. So, instead of discussing strategies or programs, we simply talked about our faith with one another.

Framed by the encounter of Mary Magdalene and Jesus in the garden on Easter morning, we shared stories of God’s surprising but very real presence in our lives. That’s what kept striking me as I listened to the stories being told. The God we worship is so incredibly real. Jesus is present, with us to save us. The gospel is personal, transformative, and relational.

Evangelism isn’t primarily about church growth. It’s about sharing our encounters with the risen Lord with others for the sake of transforming this world. What stories do you have? With whom are you called to share them?

And no, a life of faith does not mean an absence of doubt. We all struggle at times to see the Lord. In community, we can help point out God’s presence to one another; it’s why we do church together. As for Mary Magdalene, so for us. Jesus will keep showing up and calling our names.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Saving God, we praise you for your mighty works and for your gentle call. Surprise us with your presence today, Lord, and help us point you out to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Christ and St. Mary Magdalen at the Tomb, Rembrandt, 1638 (public domain).

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