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Donald Miller, writer of “Blue Like Jazz,” told this story about Hostages being rescued.

A long time ago I went to a concert with my friend Rebecca. … I heard this folksinger was coming to town, and I thought she might like to see him because she was a singer too. … Between songs, though, he told a story that helped me resolve some things about God. The story was about his friend who is a Navy SEAL. He told it like it was true, so I guess it was true, although it could have been a lie.

The folksinger said his friend was performing a covert operation, freeing hostages from a building in some dark part of the world. His friend’s team flew in by helicopter, made their way to the compound and stormed into the room where the hostages had been imprisoned for months. The room, the folksinger said, was filthy and dark. The hostages were curled up in a corner, terrified. When the SEALs entered the room, they heard the gasps of the hostages. They stood at the door and called to the prisoners, telling them they were Americans. The SEALs asked the hostages to follow them, but the hostages wouldn’t. They sat there on the floor and hid their eyes in fear. They were not of healthy mind and didn’t believe their rescuers were really Americans.

The SEALs stood there, not knowing what to do. They couldn’t possibly carry everybody out. One of the SEALs, the folksinger’s friend, got an idea. He put down his weapon, took off his helmet, and curled up tightly next to the other hostages, getting so close his body was touching some of theirs. He softened the look on his face and put his arms around them. He was trying to show them he was one of them. None of the prison guards would have done this. He stayed there for a little while until some of the hostages started to look at him, finally meeting his eyes. The Navy SEAL whispered that they were American and were there to rescue them. Will you follow us? he said. The hero stood to his feet and one of the hostages did the same, then another, until all of them were willing to go. The story ends with all the hostages safe on an American aircraft carrier.

In the past weeks we have been talking about being a follower of Jesus and you have been asked to answer a few question about where you are in the journey.  I certainly hope none of you are curled upon a floor unwilling to follow Jesus.  I hope that each of you will seriously consider what it means for you to “take up your Cross and Follow Jesus.”

The answers to your questions will help Nick and I to explore some ways that we as a church can help each of us to cultivate our faithfulness to Jesus Christ.  If you missed a week, the Questions will be posted on Facebook and our web site and you can work on them at home and send them to us.

I believe that we are not only protected by God’s love as we follow Jesus, but it is essential for us as Christians to live out this wonderful faith.

So continue to ask yourself how is Jesus asking you, “Will you follow me?”

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