Summer is nearly finished and I find that so hard to believe. Wasn’t it just
Memorial Day and the Fourth of July? However, here we are in
September. The children are off to school and we settle into our more
regular routines of life.
How was your summer? Was it a time of play and recreation? We all
need that. Where was God in our playtime? Did you know God’s
presence with you and in you? Did you have time for some quiet
reflection? How was God present to you then? Perhaps you have had a
sad summer with a loved one declining in health. God is with us in our
most desperate times. Some of us experience God in nature, in
fellowship with others and in many other ways. The key is, did you see
In my previous call, we did a Bible study together called God Sightings.
By the time we completed the study, the term “God Sightings” had
become such a part of the church’s DNA that I often heard about
people’s experiences of “God Sightings” long after we completed the
study. It became continually easier to see God in many different settings.
For me as an extrovert, it is easiest for me to see God in quiet moments.
I was at the Chautauqua Institution the week of 8/7. There is something
about the atmosphere of that place that puts me in a reflective mood that
allows me to hear God’s voice.
I hope that the children in your lives were able to come to the Blessing of
the Backpacks on Sunday, 8/28. As we get them prepared with
backpacks and all the gear they need for the year, let’s prepare them
spiritually as well.
For those of us whose schedule does not change, are we preparing
ourselves to be a more effective instrument in the hands of God? On
internship, I learned a wonderful spiritual discipline. At the end of the day
my supervisor, Larry, would think theologically about all that occurred
during that day. What that means is looking at everything and seeing
how God was at work. In other words, where were the “God Sightings?”
We sometimes stay up too late and have little energy for anything other
than sleep. I am certainly guilty of that at times. September is when we resume our church programs such as Sunday School and Confirmation class. Sarah Goebel and I are looking forward to our time with the Confirmation class. Rally Day is Sunday, September 18th. We hope to see many of you as we gear up for the year.
On a personal note, my appointment with the surgeon got postponed for
another week. By the time you receive this, I will have seen him and will
have a better idea about everything. As it is, I have been unable to
commit to anything in September. Your prayers are appreciated.
May God continually bless you as you look to and listen to God.