Luke 18:1–5 (ESV) — 1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ ”

There are times in life that people leave an indelible mark on your heart. Something they say impacts you. Something they do amazes you. Something they overcome inspires you.

God has, by his grace, given me many of these experiences with different people. But one that particularly stands out is when I went to Kenya in 2010. We went there with World Vision to visit a village that our church was involved with. The circumstances and poverty I saw were eye-opening and unsettling. But what left me even more affected were the people. In the midst of dire conditions, they were some of the most joyful, humble, faith-filled, and generous people I’ve ever met. Their example changed my perspective on life in a profound way.

Church, I believe we have the opportunity to meet someone like that this Sunday. We will meet a woman in Luke 18:1-8 this Sunday who is also facing tremendous hardship, but her example of perseverance, determination, and faith are nothing short of super-human. Her example and the way Jesus applies it has the power to totally revolutionize our spiritual lives. I can’t wait to be together on Sunday to see how the Lord moves in our midst!

Love you church!

Pastor Brett Lovern