By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
One of the most awesome gifts I have been given in my role at Trinity Church is to pray with you. I pray for you every day. I also get to pray with you frequently; sometimes I pray during the offering, other times in the pastoral prayer, still other times it’s in the benediction at the end of the service. You might not have noticed, but one of my frequent prayers is that God will make us bold, brave and courageous in our faith walk. I pray this for myself, for Keith and Jim; and I pray this for you, too.
Why do I do this? It’s because we human beings frequently overthink things. This includes our call to be Jesus to the world. What will people think if I speak up against injustice? Will I be rejected if I question the status quo? Will people think I’m weird or a zealot if I live out God’s love? This is where being bold and courageous comes into play.
We have every reason to be brave because that’s how God calls us to live. But how can we be bold without the confidence of God’s powerful, ever-present Spirit? Sometimes we need a little help. I wear a reminder of God’s wish for us to be emboldened. It is a silver bracelet that simply says: be brave. I look at it frequently.
Though I doubt anyone ever considered John Wayne to be a great theologian, he has been credited with a quote that is appropriate in this instance. “Courage is being scared to death … and saddling up anyway.” That’s what God calls us to do. No matter what we’re facing, God tells us to be brave and confident as the beloved children of a grace-filled creator … then to saddle up anyway.
I’ll see you in church!