The Lord has prepared a table for us here, in the presence of our enemies. This means that we dine while they rage. The Lord has taken us into His pavilion, while outside is the strife of tongues. There was this thing called the strife of tongues, even before the Internet. The strife of tongues is like a monkey scribbling with a crayon, and all the Internet did was give the monkey superpower speeds. But still the Lord is with His people. The Lord has accompanied us in the boat, even though a great storm rages outside the boat. We do not need to worry because we seek to be where Jesus is.
And where “Jesus is” can be found, according to His promise, in the Word and sacrament. He is presented to us in the declaration of His gospel, and He is presented to us in and through the bread and wine, according to His covenant. Where Christ is, everything is secure, settled, permanent, grounded. To borrow the words of the poet, He is the still point of the turning world.
Away from Christ is tumult. Away from Christ is necessary tumult. The roil of unbelief does not know how to trust, how to rest, how to settle. True faith, evangelical faith, rests in Him. He is present—as He has promised—here. If He is present, and if you approach Him in faith, you understand that presence. You feel it. You grasp it. You are alive in it.
No wonder you are alive in it. It is your life. Here is your life.
So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.