This year is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It has been 500 years since Martin Luther, John Calvin and others risk their lives to ‘reform’ and turn the church around from a powerful system that had drifted away from Scripture and Jesus message of reaching out to the poor and needy. The Church was building magnificent cathedrals on the backs of those who had nothing. The change was radical and the change was difficult.
Over the last 500 years we have changed a lot. We give thanks that we are able to read from our own Bibles in our own Languages. We continued to strive to live out the most important commandment to LOVE GOD AND LOVE OTHERS.
It seems that every 500 years or so, the church in history has had some MAJOR changes. At each of these points in history there were those who lived in fear of the church of God dying. The Church did not die but did change at each of these ‘500 year’ periods of time. Theologians and leaders are convinced that we are in a new period of REFORM…. and that the Church is going to look different. We are faced with that different look and are working to hear God’s voice in the midst of great change in our world and in our churches. There is MUCH to be thankful for, MUCH to work toward, and MUCH to believe in. God is active and present during this change and we need to have to eyes to see God at work in our church and in our communities. We are in the midst of another REFORMATION and we are a part of something amazing … we just have to figure out what that is!
SO for now, and until we see clearly where we are going. Let us focus our eyes on God:
During the month of November, notice the times God is with you in your everyday life. As you move through each day, notice the work of the Holy Spirit in those around you. No matter what your circumstance, God’s power and strength are with you. Look for God in your job, your school, your home, and the people you meet throughout the day. Have eyes to see Christ at work in your life and in the life of this worshipping community. Seek out the ways in which Jesus guides you to serve and care for others. Notice the ways in which God has been gracious to you and take the time to offer THANKS!
Be THANKFUL as you receive strength from Christ’s message of grace and peace.