Donald B. Strobe shares in his Collected Words that Martin Luther was once asked what he would do if he knew that the world was coming to an end tomorrow, and he said: "I would plant an apple tree." In other words, Luther, trusting in God's gracious, unmerited mercy would live life just as he had been living it.
When John Wesley was asked the same thing, being an obsessive-compulsive type, he said that he would arise at 4:00 AM, preach at 5:00 visit the sick at 7:00, go to communion at 8:00...etc., until the questioner realized that that was exactly what Wesley had planned to do tomorrow anyway!
Because we believe that God is like Christ, we can dare to live in faith and hope and love now; trusting God for whatever the future holds, because we believe that God holds the future, and that God's Name and God's Nature are love.
Perhaps the hymn, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow,” sums up our worries and concerns about the unknown days ahead when it says:
And I don't worry about the future,
'Cause I know what Jesus said,
And today I'm gonna walk right beside him
'Cause he's the one who knows what is ahead.
Remember that this Sunday is Gratitude Sunday of HUMC’s Stewardship Emphasis, and we will present our commitment cards pledging our service and financial support for HUMC ministry in 2019.
See you Sunday,