“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20) You may have grown up like I did learning the “Great Commission” of “Go therefore” (v.19). Those were our marching orders; the things that we needed to do to be faithful. For me, the question that first arises is this: “How do we “Go” in the midst of the Corona virus and civil unrest? How do we go, when we seem to be blocked by our times?” I still believe that is our calling and yet at the same time I am becoming increasingly aware of what we might call the “Great Omission” of verse 20: “I am with you always…” The older I get the more dependent I am on that second affirmation. It is ever and always Christ’s faithful presence which empowers us to go out into the world. You and I are always called to “go” into strange and new times. You and I are never called to go into safe and ordinary times. Instead, we always go into the unknown. We always go, and therefore, amazingly enough, we meet Jesus, the very one who sent us. Always remember that the same Lord who sends us out into the unknown is also the one who bids us come to him with all our burdens and weariness. Rest in his grace, recalling that he has overcome the world, even while you go into that very same world for which he has died. Have a great week.