Be Brave

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.

“So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6)

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!


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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