ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, LEAD PASTOR

I need to hear it—again.  What Jesus said.  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

 

“My grace is sufficient for you.”  “My grace is sufficient for you.”  I need that to be re-confirmed deep in my soul.

 

Why?  Last night my wife Debbie’s dad died.  It was just over two months after my mom died.  It was the same day that his brother died eight years ago.

 

“My grace is sufficient for you.”  “My power is made perfect in weakness.”  How many of us need to hear that again and again in this tumultuous, desperate, dispiriting time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

People are fearful for their lives.  People are fearful for their livelihoods.  People are struggling with faith. 

 

In times like these, we may be tempted to forget.   We may be tempted to forget the grace of God.  We may be tempted to forget the power of God.  “My grace is sufficient for you.”  “My power is made perfect in weakness.”

 

Deep down I need to hear that.  I need to align what I know in my head with what I feel in my heart.  I need a faith that’s sufficient because it’s grounded in God’s grace and never-failing love and is powerful enough to sustain me when I’m not sure how to face whatever comes next.

 

This is Holy Week.  It reminds us that faith is not a “get out of jail free card.”  Jesus struggled.  He agonized.  He questioned.  He died—on a cross.

 

Yes, the darkness of death descended on Good Friday.  But that is not the end.  Easter Sunday is coming!  Love could not be conquered by the grave!  Take hope in that.  I do.


-Michael