May 19th, 2019

Read: MATTHEW 8:14-22 & PSALM 115

Fifth Sunday After Easter

"Jesus said to them, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." (MATTHEW 8:20)


          Throughout the Gospel accounts, we see Jesus healing the sick, casting out demons, and doing other miraculous signs. But we also see Him teaching that the way is not always easy. In fact, most the time, following Him will not be easy. He foretold not only His own suffering but that of His followers as well. If we ourselves aren't enduring a great deal of hardship for our faith, we know that we have Christian brothers and sisters all around the world who are suffering greatly.

          Even so, we follow. Even if the way is hard, we follow. After many disciples turn away because Jesus' teachings were too hard for them, He asked the Twelve if they too wished to go. Peter said in John 6:68, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." Where can we go to hear the words of life but the Word Himself? We follow, even if the way is hard. He goes before and behind us; He protects and sustains us.

"Lord, help us as we follow You; give us strength and courage, and comfort us with Your Word of eternal life." Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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