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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: February 25, 2018

Second Sunday in Lent


Sometimes we experience displeasure and disappointment in response to an offensive object, person, or behavior: spoiled milk in the refrigerator, a roach in the kitchen, a bigot bragging at a local coffee shop, a swastika sprayed in the alley down from the church. Sometimes we disappoint someone, as Peter disappointed Jesus.

Jesus’ lesson offers to us vividly the cost of true discipleship. No one wants to hear the cost of ownership to be on Team Jesus. Team members may suffer, be rejected, and even die for the cause. Do I want to be on a team that demands so much effort and commitment? Peter vocalized what the other disciples stewed over. When Peter chastises Jesus for his comments, Jesus unloads. But all of us have been on the receiving end of a scolding.

I was a young student intern and had not prepared my Sunday school class lesson well. A member of the committee who hired me happened to pop into my classroom. When the class was over, this member of the Christian education committee told me he was disappointed in how ill prepared I seemed to be, and how this subpar performance was not acceptable. I had disappointed him. I had disappointed myself. I learned a valuable lesson about preparation, faith, and commitment that morning.

Jesus railed at Peter for his lack of faith and commitment—and insulted him with that phrase “Get behind me, Satan.”

When we disappoint Jesus and ourselves, we too must have our commitment challenged. God calls us to rise up now and again to lead and carry the cross of truth.

Disappointment may challenge our commitment, but God’s love will prevail.

Lord Jesus, may your righteous love rise up in us when we are challenged by blatant injustices in our world. Amen.

John Wallace, pastor, First Moravian Church, Dover, Ohio

Moravian Daily Texts


Thursday, May 24 — Psalm 68:28–35
Numbers 13:17–33; Mark 13:28–37

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1

Jesus said: “Her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Luke 7:47

God of grace and compassion, your mercy endures forever. With gratitude and joy we praise you and your everlasting love. We know love because we know you and you are love. Let us love one another as you have loved us. We pray in the name of your son and our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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