Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church - The Bronx, New York.  A Parish of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod where “God’s People Pray.”

The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Pastor

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Moved from Fear to Joy: A Christmas Gift that Keeps GivingCatching Your Breath

 

Running?  Busy?  Too much to do and not time to get it all done?  Do you feel like you are out of breath?

 

People need time to catch their breath.  If exerting great energy, the heart, brain and other parts of the human body require more oxygen, so we tend to breathe more.  When that increased activity happens quickly without reprieve, we can find ourselves out of breath.  In life’s busy times, we often go from one thing to another and do not have time to “catch our breath.”  And yet, if we do not breathe, we die.

 

Sabbath affords us an opportunity to catch our breath.  And how sweet Sabbath is, especially since it is not simply a “day!”  Dr. Martin Luther describes the meaning of the Third Commandment that refers to Sabbath as not despising God’s Word but gladly hearing it and learning it.  The Holy Spirit—the breath of God—moves in the Word to reorient and refocus us, dividing between bone and marrow, so that we may know what true rest really is.   The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that a Sabbath rest belongs to the people of God (Hebrews 4).   That rest has been purchased for us when Jesus “handed over His Spirit” to us on the throne of His holy cross as He died for the forgiveness of our sin (John 19).  After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus breathed His Spirit on His apostles so that forgiveness could be received and shared (John 20).  That is the fresh breath that brings life to our lifeless bodies condemned in sin and allows us to live in His victorious resurrection.

 

The Festival of Pentecost gives us opportunity to appreciate the breath of life that God breathes into us.  It is the wind that passes over the dry bones in Ezekiel’s valley, the wind that hovered over the waters at creation, the rushing wind heard at Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection.  At each instance, life was given.  Our Lord continues to bring life and breath to us through His Holy Word.  Baptized into that Word, we are fed that Word both in our ears as it is proclaimed and in our mouths in the Lord’s Supper so that we may pause from our busy lives and “ponder anew what the Almighty can do.”

 

Our Lord woos us to catch our breath by His still waters where He restores our souls.  Thankfully, catching our breath is not up to us; even the “catching” is a gift of the Spirit who calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies us in the one true faith.  With our sin forgiven, we are invited to breathe the breath of God and live.  What a privilege it is to catch our breath in the Divine Service!  What a joy it is to take time out of our schedules and “be still and know” that our Lord is God!  What a gift it is to breathe deeply His promises offered to us in the Means of the Spirit!

 

Catch your breath…His breath…and be restored this Pentecost by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit as the beloved by God pray:  “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful people and kindle in us the fire of Your love.”

 

Peace, joy and love,

Pastor

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Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM

 

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A Brief History

By the mercy of Almighty God, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, was founded in 1928.

 

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

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The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

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