August 22

John 6:62-69

“Simon Peter answered him, ’Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’” vss. 68-69

From time to time members wander off and cease to be a part of a worshipping community. It could be that they’re burned out and want a break from heavy involvement–or maybe they’ve gotten upset, something that seems to happen with some frequency, especially in this year of COVID. Of course it could also be a faith crisis–they question the teachings they’ve heard and decide to check out other possibilities. It’s not unusual for folks to start thinking such things–but when it comes to finding other paths to enlightenment some find themselves echoing the words of Peter. “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” And seems to be how it is for true followers of Jesus. They know what the world practices and teaches, and they’re convinced that they aren’t going to find a better way to live than the Way and Truth of Jesus. And so they continue walking with him. Their faith is their strength amid the joys and disappointments of the journey and even grows stronger year by year. They know in their hearts that Jesus is the Holy One of God and have come to believe that following in his steps brings both comfort and hope. For them it is the very best way to live.

Thought for the Day: If I left my congregation, where would I go?

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