Reflections: June 27, 2020
Saturday of the Second Week after Trinity
By Alexander Lange
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. (From the Introit for the Third Sunday after Trinity)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Have you ever seen a wild animal trapped, perhaps in a net or a cage? Or maybe you've seen an animal that was wrapped up in some litter? I've watched several videos of wild animals that were caught and of some compassionate humans attempting to release them. The wild animal never takes his eyes off the humans. The animal is afraid and he fears the humans. He thinks that they are dangerous. So the animal snarls, barks, and bites.
Have you seen a domesticated animal that was trapped? They've learned to trust humans, especially their masters. They trust the one who feeds them and cuddles them. When they are trapped, they look toward humans, but for a different reason. Their eyes are filled with fear, but also faith. They look to humans for help.
In a sense, unbelievers are like wild animals. They look at God and feel only terror. They expect God to be a harsh judge or a cruel dictator. Some might want to believe that God is kind, but they can never trust Him. Unbelievers are always trying to hide from God, or flee from Him, or fight Him.
You are not like that. Once you were, but then the Lord adopted you and brought you into His family. The Lord saw you wrapped up in sin and trapped behind the bars of death. So He released you by wrapping your sins around Himself and willingly stepping into the grave.
Whenever you find yourself in trouble, whenever you find yourself caught in a net, you turn your eyes to Jesus and pray to Him. You believe that He will save you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty and most merciful God, in this earthly life we endure sufferings and death before we enter into eternal glory. Grant us grace at all times to subject ourselves to Your holy will and to continue steadfast in the true faith to the end of our lives that we may know the peace and joy of the blessed hope of the resurrection of the dead and the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Prayer for Times of Affliction and Distress)
- Rev. Alexander Lange is pastor of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albany, Oregon.
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