Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This past Wednesday at the healing service we learned about Boniface, an 8th Century Archbishop and Martyr of the church who was a faithful Christian leader who struggled with many of the same things we struggle with.
One of those struggles was how then and now we are much more likely to turn away from our failures, shortcomings, and struggles than to deal with them or return to face them if we have earlier turned away. As sinful human beings we tend to turn away and move on from our problems.
The Apostle Paul offers us another example as he returns to Jerusalem, not knowing what awaited him there. Would the tensions that awaited him bring injury or death? Paul did not know, yet he returned knowing that either ruin or redemption awaited him. He did not falter and yet returned and was redeemed.
Jesus Christ must have been tempted to abandon what lay ahead for him. Should he return to Jerusalem to face the angry mob or abandon the world that he was sent to save? We know the answer and we are grateful and blessed.
Redemption for all of us demands that we return: to a physical location, a certain situation, a certain person, a spiritual place in our heart and soul...who knows? only you know. But return we must and face what we have left behind; our shortcomings, our failures. For when we face them we are redeemed.
Thanks be to God!
Blessings this week,
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