This one goes out to the "seven plus three" churches in Virginia who have made and are making some challenging choices and in doing so experiencing great loss. One of their rectors wrote recently,
"Jesus won a victory for us that leaves us free. We have been in a contest for our identity and have chosen the narrow way of following our Lord wherever He leads ... When everything is stripped away from us - what we own, things we depend on for security and reputation, that‘s when we see who we really are. When we are in Christ His love becomes the place we live in. His Spirit becomes our Comforter that fills up the loss. When His Fatherhood captures us with His love, we go from being religious people to sons and daughters of our Father. We have a life and existence that cannot be taken away. That‘s what it means to have your life hidden in Christ."-Robin Rauh, Church of the EpiphanyAs Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians, "It is for freedom Christ has set us free." May it be so and may it be for His glory.
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