Matthew 28:20 (Day 24/50)

“And, surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

It’s Star Wars day! Get ready for it, over and over again from your sci-fi nerd friends: “May the 4th be with you.”

If you’re a Lutheran AND a geeky sci-fi person you’ll likely respond, “And also with you.” And both of you will snicker and walk away grinning from ear to ear.

At the very least this gives me a chance to write a few words about the ancient greeting that takes place between pastor and congregation each week, “The Lord be with you,” “and, also with you.” It’s rooted in Jesus’ final words in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus promises to be with His people always.

The greeting is a reminder and a blessing. Every day it is good to remember that Jesus promises to be with us always. Some days I need him in the MRI machine with me while I wait for potentially devastating results. Some days I need him with me as I work on paying bills and sticking to my budget. Some days I need him with me when I’m spending time with my family. Some days I just need a friend. Some days I need him to celebrate with me when I get good news. Each, and every, day Jesus is with you! That’s Good News!

Dear Jesus, Thanks for being there for me, always! Amen.

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