47: Here I Stand
Welcome to the 2017 Fall Season of She Finds Truth!
I’m calling this a new “season” of podcasts plus I’m giving it a theme! I know. It’s so much excitement. 😉
I’m going with the theme Here I Stand, which I know is kindof cliche but I can’t resist. It’s too appropriate for life right now.
For those of you who don’t know, 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of Luther’s 99 Theses. In the show I give a brief and amateur summary of the start of the Reformation and Luther supposedly saying “Here I Stand.” (He might not have actually said those words!)
Anyway, after gushing over Luther, I bring it back to current day. It’s fair to say that our world is in a time of uncertainty. Plus lots of us are carrying heavy burdens, and we need to keep grounded in the coming weeks and months.
It’s so good to be back but honestly I have found myself putting this off. I’m not sure why but I think it’s because I wasn’t feeling like I had a good theme or something really powerful to come back with. As I say at the start of my newsletter – this is just me trying to figure things out. I don’t have many crazy awesome epiphanies. I don’t have the newest latest stunning idea that’s going to change the way Christians think about their daily lives. I don’t have all the answers. If anything I’m more aware every day of what I do not know.
But I am here. Here I stand. Because I’ve been convinced by my friends and my God and the voices in my head and my longing to connect with you, that I have a role to play. A small role, maybe just barely a role, but a role nonetheless. We all have people in our lives we are here to serve. That’s why God put us here. To serve one another. So I’ll do what I can.
In the show I share some of the shows I’m planning for this season, including an interview with Pastor Cooper about his book “Baptized Into Christ,” and an in-depth look at our liturgy and why church is the way it is. I’m going to do a show about imperfect marriage, life after abuse, and then a few shows that just look at my usual struggle to stay focused on the finished work of Christ instead of myself and my failure to be faithful.
The second half of the show is reflecting on something a friend said a while back. A few years back someone posted something about how so many people seem surprised when things in life goes wrong. But really, if we were rational and realistic, we would expect life to be hard. Scripture says life will be hard.
Do you ever find yourself caught in a pattern of thinking like this one?: “Things are going way too good these days… what is going to fall apart next?” I don’t think that’s a healthy or accurate view of how the universe works. I don’t believe there is a formula dolling out tragedy to all of us equally. The rain falls and the sun shines on good and evil alike. We don’t understand why or when.
But we do know that God is going to work in our lives, in the midst of rain or sunshine. That He will be there in our uncertainty and our crisis. And through it all, He will hold us up.
Here I Stand.
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Production Notes · music – Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark · Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer