When I retired I joined the increasing number of seniors who are confronted with shaky financial futures and mortgages that will likely outlive us. The little bungalow we bought for our retirement turned out to be a money pit caused by years of neglect and shoddy repairs. I was shocked and unprepared.
However, faith, family and friends, including our church family, helped me rediscover hope. As necessary repairs and replacements have been made to the house with resources I could not have imagined, the place has become home. I’ve gained new confidence and a sense of pride as I’ve achieved things I had worried would be impossible.
My experience is similar to what many feel is happening in the church, a situation that mirrors the situation that Hebrews addresses. When we seem to face an uncertain and somewhat frightening future, the writer urges us to hold firm. We are not to yield to despair, which Luther rightly considered as dangerous as death and the devil.
The builder of all things is God and we are God’s house. Just as Moses and Jesus were faithful, we can also be faithful as God builds this house.
Holy Spirit, give us hope. Build up our confidence and pride in the things that matter most. Amen. — KW