Tuesday, July 3, 2018

We were of worth, we are still of worth...

One of our Deacons, Gale Cynova, brought back a large amount of material from the Lutherans for Life table while he and others from Life in Christ attended the Pacific Southwest District Convention.  While reviewing the material Sherri and I discovered a Confession of Faith, written for Lutherans for Life by Dr. Richard Eyre of Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin.  It reads like this:

We who follow Jesus Christ face our suffering and dying differently than others do. We look to the Cross of Jesus Christ for hope and guidance and ultimately to the Risen Christ (2 Corinthians 5:15). We, who belong to Christ through baptism, do not measure a person's worth by the "quality" of life as limited by illness, disability, or aging. We were of worth when helpless as infants in our baptism God made us His (Romans 6:4), and we are still of worth in God's care of us when helpless as patients at the end of life (Romans 14:7-8). We care about the dying, disabled, or elderly and attempt to bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2). We bear witness to a better way, the way of the Cross of Jesus Christ in which God comes to care for us first by His suffering and dying (Hebrews 2:10) and then in our suffering and dying (Romans 8:28).