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June/July - Pastor's Message

posted Aug 27, 2015, 6:24 AM by Karen Lindsey
This month I have been thinking about our graduates.  Haley Kerrigan and John Hoyum both graduated from college, and Nic Courtier and Peter Schuler graduated from high school.

Graduation is an important milestone in a young person's life -- a time when they think about what the big wide future holds for them.  When John graduated from Bethel University last month I was trying to find a verse from Scripture that was appropriate for the occasion.  A passage from Ephesians jumped out at me.  I share it with all the graduates and their families who are on my mind, and who are so very dear to me:

"I have never stopped thanking God for you.  I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.  I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called.  I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people.  I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him.  This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms."  (Ephesians 1:16-20)

As a pastor, and a mom, my prayer is always that our children will stay close to the Lord and seek his guidance as they move forward in life.  And when the path seems unclear my hope is that they will pray for wisdom and help from the One who knew them before time began.  According to Paul's words above he promises a "wonderful future".  It's wonderful because no matter what we face we have God's presence and promises to see us through from beginning to end!  That's true for all of us -- not just our graduates.  

This month is also Father's Day, and so we wish all our fathers a great day!  As we celebrate Dads, remember our Father in Heaven whose love for His children is beyond anything we can even imagine!  Re-read the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) for a picture of His over-the-top love.

And finally, I have been thinking about the 4th of July.  What a blessing to live in the United States of America.  It seems that the media is always pointing out what's wrong with our people, our politics and our religious life -- and trust me, I don't disagree with all their assessments of our national ills.  On the other hand, we have been blessed throughout our history.  (Paul's words above -- 'a rich and glorious inheritance" -- come to mind.)  As Christian Americans we understand that God has blessed us to be a blessing to our next door neighbors and to the world.  Let's remember Who we represent and seek to do His will as we live out our citizenship in this wonderful land.

Have a safe and restful summer.  Take time each day for Bible reading and prayer, and "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy" -- to strengthen your life in Christ!

Your sister in Christ,
Pastor Lori