“I’ve Got Your Back!” (Rev. Ken Susskraut/845-986-3040) “Goodness and love will follow me.” (Ps. 23)
We may know from personal experience, that the journey of life is much easier, if someone assists us along the way—helping us, listening to us, encouraging us, and walking with us. A New York Times article about friendship described a 2008 study with 34 students from the University of Virginia. Each student was taken to the bottom of a hill and given a weighted backpack, then asked to estimate the angle of the hill’s steepness. The students who were standing alone estimated the hill to be much steeper than those who were standing with a friend. And the longer they’d known the friend, the less steep the hill seemed to them.
When we know someone “has our back,” even if they can’t shoulder our weight for us, our climb is easier, our steps are surer, our load is lighter, our perceptions are more positive and our day is less troublesome.
During Christmastide, we celebrated Jesus, who is Emmanuel, “God with us!”
During Lententide, we remember that Jesus walked way of the cross for us!
During Eastertide, we rejoice in his resurrection to be always with us!
Jesus “has your back!”
And he has given us others to walk with us in many ways and each of us with them.
We are never alone but part of a community and network of care-givers.
The Church is people, who walk caringly with us, steadfastly beside us, and nudging us forward from behind.
Each of us has a ministry of being present for one another.
We are intercessors, voices of prayer
We are advocates voices of defense, when there is trouble and help is needed.
We are instruments of grace and channels encouragement, when days are wearying and faith falters.
Whenever worry would rule, we can be voices and vehicles of hope, especially when life seems broken.
The Letter to the Hebrews shares, that we are “encompassed by a great cloud of witnesses.” (Hebrews 12:1)
In this month of February, when we recall the grace of God active in a man named Patrick, this saint of God with us sings, “Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left, Christ when I arise, Christ when I lie down!”
“In all things, faith and charity” +Pastor