Do Not Lose Heart

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Communications, Coronavirus

Dear Christ Church,

The first Sunday on which we were unable to meet together for worship at 112 Medina St. was March 15, now more than one month ago. And it’s about that long that we have all been more or less at home, sheltering in place and/or socially distancing. This generates a wide spectrum of experiences, some experiencing beautiful gifts that come from a smaller life, some more exposed to deep pains and losses, and some with a mixture of both.

The past two Sundays I have encouraged us to “go vertical,” to turn our gaze upon Jesus, to seek him and his kingdom as our greatest source of hope and life. This week my own time in scripture took me to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, words that felt very appropriate:

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

God has eternal purposes in each one of us, in our bodies and souls, in our homes and society, and in our congregation. Let’s look to things that are unseen, our Triune God who reigns and triumphs in love, and who has for us an “eternal weight of glory.”

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Join us again, and invite your friends to this Sunday’s Live Liturgy at 11am.

Not losing heart, in preparation for an eternal weight of glory, together,