Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.
My confirmation students and I have a lot of conversations about faith. Most of our conversations have an "inward" focus as we talk about our personal faith journeys. In our final conversations, however, I tell the kids this: Tell. Your. Story.
There are an ever growing number of people today who, like the Apostle Thomas, need that first-hand experience in order to know Christ. They are hiding behind locked doors, afraid to believe, afraid to accept on faith the good news that Jesus has risen and given them new life. We are called to share the light and love of Christ with unbelievers but that is a hard thing for Lutherans to do. It puts us way outside of our comfort zones. We don't want to impose and we certainly don't want to force our beliefs down anyone's throat. But it doesn't have to be that dramatic. You don't have to stand on a street corner with a bullhorn or go door to door. It can be as simple as just sharing what God has done in your life, just sharing your personal experiences with Christ.
In mainstream media, the loudest "Christian" voices belong to those who preach intolerance and hate and call it the Gospel. Those few people paint all the rest of us the same shade in the eyes of unbelievers. If those are the only voices that unbelievers hear, how will they ever know that God is anything different than an angry, vengeful God? If we don't speak up and make our voices heard, how will they ever know that God's message is of love and hope and peace and that he accepts us in our humanness and our imperfection? How will they know? So tell your story, that others might come to believe and have life in Christ's name. Amen.
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Trinity Lutheran Church, Cook, MN
VLM Summer Staff 1985-93, '97, '98, '10; VLM Staff 2010-2012; current VLM Delegate