Good Folks, it is the last Friday in August 2019. Where have the last eight months gone? This weekend is Labor Day. Please celebrate and enjoy this time responsibly…
Have you ever shared a vehicle with a family member, knowing that the arrow on the gas gauge read below “Empty?” My car is more like a computer with four tires with all kinds of information available. When I clicked on the “Trip Information” it read, 11 miles left. By the time I actually put gasoline in the vehicle, it read seven (7) miles. I was running on fumes, as the saying goes. Sometimes, we do the same with our spiritual lives.
When I looked for a reference in scripture where Jesus “breathed on them (disciples)” [John 20:22] I always asked why? Why then? The context of that text is “evening of that day, the first day of the week (Resurrection Sunday), the disciples met in this house, locking themselves up because they were fearful that they too would be arrested and crucified. Yet Jesus stood before them and said, “Peace be with you.” And “… breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Oftentimes, we are fearful. We are afraid of the unknown of what tomorrow might bring. Or maybe a diagnosis that we did not want to hear. Or a change in life and lifestyle not anticipated. Fear can grip and paralyze us and we can “lock ourselves up.”
Secondly, Jesus knew what they needed, Peace. And he empowered that peace with the Holy Spirit.
The song, “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne comes to mind. The refrain goes like this,
Running on (running on empty)
Running on (running blind)
Running on (running into the sun)
But I’m running behind
Good Folks, fear is a response to survive. Call upon the One who can help.
Lord, I might not always know what I need but you do. Help me with what will get me away from this place. Empower me with your gentle, yet firm and abiding Presence. Forgive me on any sin and fill that space with greater peace. In the name of your blessed son, our Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ. Amen and Amen.
May the Lord bless each of you. Pray always. Encourage one another. Remain faithful.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS: Don’t run on empty, blind or into the sun.