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.  

At a recent network meeting with youth workers, a leader shared a blog by Sara Miles, where she talks about the most important word in the Bible. And what is that word?

"With. And so we open our worship saying: the Lord be with you. And so we proclaim that the Word made flesh came to dwell with us. And so we call his name Emmanuel, meaning: God with us. And so we bless our gatherings saying: the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Notice: with, not for.

Because God is not actually for us: except in my crazy, private triumphalist fantasies in which God, who takes my side always, will magically appear and smash my enemies. God is not doing nice things for us, like strangers on mission trips who appear, hand out random goodies and go home. God is not for us in the sense that God is always going to be giving us what we want, protecting us from illness and harm, and making us rich.

God's just with us. God sticks with us. Accompanies us. Delights in us, plays with us, suffers and abides with us. In trouble and in doubt, when everything goes perfectly and when things fall apart: God is with us." ("The Most Important Word in the Bible" by Sara Miles)

Wherever your life, faith, and ministry journeys are taking you these days...may you know, feel and remember: God is with you.

Together in Christ,  

Catherine Anderson

Coordinator of Youth Ministry
NE MN Synod of the ELCA

*Reprinted with permission from the NE MN Synod Youth E-Chat