We had the opportunity yesterday to visit our son-in-law’s naval base and tour the aircraft he works with. As with much of military hardware it is a massive and complex piece of machinery. It had systems for surveillance and powerful weaponry. Everything about this system and others we saw portrays power and ability. These are necessary systems in a dangerous world. It just strikes me how much in contrast this is to the message we proclaimed last week. The truth that we are a helpless people in need of the redeeming love of our Lord. Of the two we believe this is by far the greatest of the messages, and the one that has eternal and not just temporal value. In spite of the present need for the first, we seek to live out the love of Christ in daily actions, and long for the time when this physical power will no longer be needed.