Being Human is Being Fragile

We are taking a few moments today to pray for those affected by the earthquake off the coast of Japan. The United Methodist Church is a global faith community with long arms, large hearts, and deep commitments. Click these links to find out what we are doing and how you can get involved:

United Methodists Respond to Japan Quake

United Methodist General Board on Global Ministries

United Methodist Committee on Relief

A Call For Prayer

In the wake of disasters of such tremendous proportions we are reminded that human life is fragile. A sacred foundation of the Christian faith (unique in world religions) is that Jesus shared in the fragility of human life. He hungered, thirsted, cried, hurt, felt rejection, grieved, suffered, and even died. All the worst trials and tribulations we can face in life…   Jesus faced as well. Why?

…he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be merciful and faithful in the service of God, sacrificing himself for the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Hebrews 2:17-18 paraphrase)

We don’t just pray to or believe in a God who is somewhere ‘out there’ or  ‘up there’. We walk WITH a God who first came to us…   like us…   in Jesus, and now continues to be with us every day in the power of God’s Spirit.

Join us at The Waretown Campus, 27 Bryant Road, at 9am or 11am…   we will be asking the ‘Fearless’ question: How is it that Jesus is God and human?

And, if enough people want to, let’s get together after church and discuss a hard question related to the disaster in Japan: “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” Let us know if you’re coming!