Our lives of faith are marked by many moments of disappointment, doubt, and sorrow. We can identify with the disciples on their walk to Emmaus. We know the disappointment that they experienced that first Good Friday. The disappointment that leads us to think we and those around us have failed. But, Jesus continually meets us in the midst of those disappointments, heartaches, and sufferings, and he doesn’t let us stay there. Thanks be to God. The God of new life. The God of grace. The God who loves us!
The following song is a classic that is redone by Jars of Clay called “I’ll Fly Away”. So, what in the world does this song about dying one day have to do with failure. Martin Luther would talk about two kinds of death. There is Death with a big “D” and that believe it or not are the failures, disappoints, heartaches we see on a daily basis. Then he would talk about death with a small “d”. This was the actual physical death of the body. For Luther Christ’s death and resurrection had much more to do with daily life than we actually see. In Christ’s hands all of our failures and disappoints do not have the last word. We begin again new each day. Because of Christ we literally fly away from all that holds us back and enter into a new future everyday. What is it that you need to “fly away” from today. Know that because of what Christ has done for you, you can.