A retired minister came to see me one day and we had one of our usual conversations, a delightful journey into "the way things were", dreaming about the good old days and remembering a time when the gospel was the only thing that mattered. They brought me a note with a wisdom nugget written on it, as was their custom. It was a sermon excerpt from St. Boniface, an 8th century Bishop. It said the following:
In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life's different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.
Let us be neither dogs that do no bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf. Instead, let us be careful shepherds watching over Christ's flock. Let us preach the whole of God's plan to the powerful and to the humble, to rich and to poor, to men of every rank and age, as far as God gives us the strength, in season and out of season…??
These are powerful words, timely (in my opinion) as we are faced with so, so many challenges today. The Church is being torn in many different directions as we try and battle the forces of evil, day-in and day-out. I hope that the Church will continue to remember her mission and her purpose. I pray that the shepherds will be about the business of protecting their flocks. Do not lose focus on what we have been called to do, meaning, let us remember to make disciples for the transformation of the world.??
Be at peace this week, taking comfort that you have a purpose and a mission. Be involved in your local church. God has poured Himself out on us. Go and pour yourself out on the world. Be blessed.
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