Church of Our Saviour

21 Marathon Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | 781-648-5962

In Need of a Savior

Since coming to the Church of Our Saviour, I’ve been reflecting: What does it mean for us to be a community with such a name?

When I first arrived at college, I was assigned a temporary roommate. One of the first things she asked me was whether I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I told her I had been raised Catholic and went to church regularly. Apparently, she decided my answer meant no. She told me I needed to be saved. This interaction soured me to the word “savior” for quite a while.
Several years later, I was working with a group of folks who were in recovery from various addictions. I was inspired by the 12 Steps, which begins:

• Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable
• Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

Ultimately, I realized that “Savior” was the Christian word for this Power, which so many people had experienced. Even folks who weren’t struggling with an addiction could identify with having a life that had become unmanageable. Whether we were overwhelmed with work or family problems, or anxious about the problems of the world, it was powerful to think that there was really a Power–Our Saviour–who could restore us and the wider world.

Recently, a group of friends and I were talking about how we think about our relationship with Jesus. Several of us thought of Jesus as a companion and friend. Then someone said, “I want Jesus to be my companion and friend, but I need him to be more than that. I need someone who can pull me out when I feel like I’m sinking in quicksand. I need… well, I guess I need a savior.”

And what about you? What burdens in your life are crying out for a Savior?

The Holy One did not leave us alone with our burdens. Rather, he took flesh so that he could join us in the midst of this messy, broken, hurting world, and become Our Saviour. Indeed, this is the good news of Christmas.

Yours in Christ,


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