Greetings, Gateway Heroes!
Pastor Stacey, here. I so enjoyed bringing the Word last Sunday! At our staff meeting this week, the team was telling Greg how proud he would have been of me for bringing a prop - my big purple bathrobe. This prop seems to have struck a chord with many -- it's the first thing people mention when they comment about the message. (It also made a showing on Facebook. I'm glad the link to the message is there, too, so people might understand WHY I was wearing my robe at church! I wasn't just running late as some suggested!) I hope that you, too, have been putting on your 'Super Hero Capes' this week -- making time to be with God and to hear from Him through His Word. . . for "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17).
As I prepared that message, I found a thought in a book, titled "Girls With Swords," by Lisa Bevere. I didn't have time to share it Sunday: The heroes listed in the 'Hall of Faith' in Hebrews 11 were very brave people! But don't imagine that being brave translates to never afraid. Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it this way, "A hero is not braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer".
Is there something you are facing these days that you need to be brave for . . . a few minutes longer? I do!!! I just had a dream about it last night, as a matter of fact! Many of you know that my son, Jon, plays college football. His season is about to start . . . and I'm nervous about it! You see, he suffered a season-ending injury last year. He had surgery to repair his torn ACL, and he's regaining momentum and full range of motion. His deep desire is to return to his position as the starting quarterback at Pacific Lutheran this fall. I support him and his passion . . . but it's not easy being the quarterback's Mom when the 300 pound opponents on the line are after her son! Lord, I need to be brave this fall!
God has encouraged me with this thought: "Fear is the enemy giving me a guided tour of my future without God in it. Faith is seeing God in my future . . . every part of it". (Randy Remington). God will be WITH me . . . He 'clothes us with Himself' . . . remember from Sunday's message? No matter what happens, the God of the universe will accompany me (and my son!) on this journey. This thought makes me brave, and helps me sleep better at night! I pray for a new season of bravery for all of you, my fellow heroes. I look forward to seeing many of you at Family Camp this weekend.
Franklin D. Roosevelt — 'Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.'
~ Pastor Stacey