Wednesday evening our Song of the Soul was “Are Ye Able,” with its refrain, “Lord, we are able, our spirits are thine, remold them make us, like thee divine. Thy guiding radiance, above us shall be, a beacon to God, to love and loyalty.” While exploring the history of the song, we also took a look at the prayer purposely placed next to the hymn. It’s a prayer for overcoming adversity. We’ve reached that point in Lent when we remember Jesus’ followers were rather bold in saying, “Lord, we are able.” Because, like us, they were prone to failure. In other words, on our own, we aren’t able. We need, as AA aptly puts it, a “Higher Power.”
Unfortunately, there is another thing that often comes with knowing we fail; that is feeling unworthy or unlovable. So, last night we not only pondered the disciples falling asleep in the garden and disappearing as the cross drew near; we also pondered the post-Easter words. “Do not be afraid.” “Fear not.” Have you ever heard those words echo a whisper of forgiveness? Sometimes I re-imagine Jesus showing up to his followers after they/we fail. “Don’t be afraid, I haven’t abandoned you.” “Don’t be afraid, I have forgiven you.” “Don’t be afraid, today is a new day and I will help you do what you cannot do on your own.”
Lent reminds us of our deep need. Easter reminds us God in Christ wants to help us to overcome what we can not overcome on our own. With God’s helps and strength we are able. Let that promise be your strength. Pray each day that God might give you the opportunity to whisper that beautiful truth into another’s life.
If you wish to encourage another on life’s journey, invite someone you know who could use a blessing to worship this Sunday. The message of God’s life transforming love will fill the sanctuary in song and word. Grace choir has been hard at work practicing a Cantata that shares the hope and beauty of God’s promises.
Blessings, Pastor Roger