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Take courage

Preoccupation with fears dilutes witness

Long ago I taped a card to a cabinet in our basement. It reads: "Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway." I do not know its source.

One of the ELCA's strategic directions is that we "step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God's love for all that God has created." It takes courage to witness boldly. Part of our bold witness in a perfectionist, hide-your-faults, deny-your-failures culture is to confess: "We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves." In some contexts, it takes courage to act with humility. In other situations it takes courage to admonish another. At times it takes courage to admit we do not know with certainty what God is calling us to do.


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