09 September 2007
The Hidden Griefs
A Lutheran pastor hears so many things that break his heart. And yet he can't talk about them to others. Only to the Lord. The struggles of God's people to live under His forgiving grace are huge. He asks himself continually: "How have I screwed up?" And he knows that he's screwed up in some major ways, that he hasn't gotten done a fraction of what the Lord has entrusted to him. At times, he wishes he could throw in the towel and walk away from it all. But that's not an option: he has a calling he has to struggle to fulfill, even as he confesses each night that he has failed to do so. He has to muddle on, living under the same forgiveness he seeks to preach to God's people. A forgiveness that is big enough to blot out the sin of the world, and strong enough to set all free from their disastrous and rebellious ways. And through it all, one charge remains paramount: "that Christ be formed in you." That's the only thing that matters, regardless what his sinful flesh or the sinful flesh of others may think is really important.
Posted by William Weedon at 9:27 PM