It's been another tough week in the world, don't you think?
On Tuesday morning, we awoke to news that terror had struck again - this time in the English city of Manchester, where bombs claimed the lives of more than 20 people who had just enjoyed a concert given by the pop star Ariana Grande.
Then on Friday, more hateful violence splattered our news reports. This time 28 Christians aboard a bus traveling to a monastic retreat south of Cairo Egypt were executed by religious fundamentalists, further escalating a series of attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt.
The sadness attached to these two incidents of mass violence, overwhelmed even our dear President's latest odd behavior.
It's been another tough week in the world, but we can be sure of one thing - Jesus prays for us!
You might wonder why the Son of God would continue to bother caring about a world that seems so driven apart by hate, racism, violence, war and greed. You might wonder why the Prince of Peace would pray for a world to be one, when everything around us seems to race in the opposite direction. You might wonder why, the God who came to dwell with us, would even listen when our actions seem to deny the presence of Emmanuel. Yes - you might wonder why Jesus would bother with us at all.
And yet, it is the very nature of God's love for us that sets all that wonder aside. And that is why Jesus prays for us - because he loves us all so much that he can't help but pray for us, pray for our protection, pray for us to see Christ in each other, pray for us to become one as sisters and brothers, children of the living and loving God.
It's been another tough week in the world, and there's no promise that next week will be any easier.
Yet, we rest with confidence in the promise of the one who prays for us, and wants the best for us - and in the face of the world's cauldron of death, promises us eternal life.
So remember, no matter what, Jesus prays for you. Jesus prays for us!
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Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (GA) in New York City has been chosen as one of eight internship congregations to participate this year in a church-wide initiative designed to increase our understanding of Holy Scripture and most importantly, to cultivate our engagement with it. In partnership with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Vicar John Heidgerd will be working to develop innovative ways to deepen our faith formation and sense of discipleship for the sake of ourselves and our communities.