#LiveYourFaith Blog – “Let It Go”

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#LiveYourFaith Blog – “Let It Go”

“Let It Go”

Those three words can conjure up quite a few images, from kiddos singing their hearts out to the Frozen soundtrack, to dads and daughters lip syncing in the car to the same tune. Sorry, but that one will be stuck in your head all day, and you may, or may not add in some theatricals when you find yourself randomly singing it! However, having never seen the film, nor actually knowing any of the words to the song beyond the chorus, I Googled the lyrics and was surprised at the depth of them! From an outsider, it would seem this song is one of forgiveness, and that is the basis for this month’s blog.

It turns out people from outside of Victory Lutheran and my Facebook friends know about this blog, and subsequently, I was asked to pre-screen a movie and write up a little something about it. The film, Just Let Go is the true story of Chris Williams and his journey to find the power to forgive in the darkest of hours. After the accident that claimed his family, Chris found the courage to forgive. This film is intense, to say the least. In all honesty, as I’m writing this now, my face is swollen and I can’t breathe out of my nose, not because of an early Minnesota cold, but because the last hour was spent balling over my phone watching his life unfold. It is as heart-wrenching of a situation as one could imagine, and yet, completely inspiring events occurred in its wake.

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Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

Psalm 23:1 NIV

One day, about 20 years ago, I was leading a Bible study about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.   An 84 year old woman chimed with some pertinent information.  She revealed to me that sheep are dumb, dirty, and defenseless.  It’s changed the way I look at the 23rd Psalm.  Imagine being a shepherd, leading a bunch of these clueless animals around in the wild.  The shepherd is responsible for leading them to food and water, protecting them from danger, defending them from predators.  It’s a big job.  It’s also a great analogy of God’s loving relationship with us.  God provides for our needs, and when we follow Him, he leads us to places that feed our body and our soul.  The LORD, our Shepherd was willing to die to rescue us from the ultimate predator, the devil.  His death and resurrection ensure that through faith we will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.  Be at peace.  You are in good hands.  Continue to follow the LORD, your perfect loving shepherd.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalms 107:1

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

– Psalms 107:1

One person will read that verse and think, “If God is love, why is there so much suffering in the world?”  Another will read that verse and think, “If it weren’t for God’s love, I wouldn’t make it through life in this sinful world.”  It’s a matter of perspective, I guess.  Is it possible for God to be loving, without Him removing all stress and suffering from our lives?  Is it possible for God to be loving and at the same time allow children in Africa to starve?  Well, if we’re going to believe what God reveals about Himself in the Bible, then we have to admit that God is beyond our comprehension.  His ways are “higher than ours”.  It will always prove fruitless when we try to judge God.  We can’t know how He’s working things out.  If God is God, we’ll have to take Him at His Word.  Some never will, but others believe that the Lord is good, and His love endures forever.  We believe it because He says it, we believe it because we’ve experienced it, and we believe it because He became human and proved His love on the cross.  He didn’t have to do that, but because He did, we have eternal life through faith in Him.  Eternal life.  Eternal.  His love endures forever.  Patience.  We will experience the greatest measure of God’s love when time has ended.