“It’s All About the Grace”
In early December, I was sitting with my Jewish rabbi friend, and he asked me what I felt was the most important part, or key selling points, of the Lutheran Faith.
I thought about the rich traditions of liturgy, music, and food. I pondered that Lutheranism is a world-wide religion, involved in political advocacy, education, medical centers, and nursing homes.
But ultimately, it is all about the grace.
No matter how much I don’t like the person I see in the mirror, God sees me as someone worth loving.
No matter how many mistakes I make, God sees me as someone worth forgiving.
No matter how lost in my own ways I become, God sees me as someone worth saving.
I cannot do it myself. I am broken. God comes to me through Jesus, graces me with his pres-ence, and restores me to the perfect creation that God sees me as.
As we move into 2016, we now find ourselves one year short of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Let us be open to the many ways that the grace of God challenges us to see new, worthwhile endeavors in our own lives and the life of the church.
Happy, grace-filled, new year.