Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
From The Rector

The Rev.
Tim Backus

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 

Love means everything. Are we able to talk to one another in love? Disagree in love? Fulfill our jobs or our relationships with love? Criticize in love? Everything can be done through love, just as anything can be done with hate. The distinction is our intention. “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” 
1 John 4:8). 

Life has made several things clear… One thing in particular – Life is full of mistakes. People are flawed. Even when we, as followers of Christ, know that acting in love is the path that God calls us to follow; realistically, as humans, even when we are intentional about walking in love, it may be just a matter of seconds before we slip. When we do falter, we act or react usually out of anger or fear; or any emotion typically rooted from the two. Try as one may, we may walk in love, but not every step we take is going to be taken the right way. However, even when we falter, those innumerable flaws and mistakes that we make, can also be forgiven out of love. 

“The way of Jesus is the Way of Love. And the Way of Love can change the world,” says our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Though this phrase is often quoted in relation to our Presiding Bishop, I am certain that this same message, maybe even the exact same words, has been spoken by countless people for two thousand years. 

                                                   - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Picture taken by the Episcopal News Service

 If this is the case, why is there still so much struggle and disparity throughout the world? When we, as followers of Christ, become more united in our intentional walk of love, the ‘Way of Jesus Christ,’ even when we falter, we will transform this world. Is this easier said than done? Absolutely. But, can it be done? Yes, it can. In fact, this is our calling through Jesus Christ. We say this together with united voices every time when we say The Lord’s Prayer: ‘…Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth, as it is in heaven…’ 

One step at a time… One loving, intentional step at a time… Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. 

With the love of Christ,