This is an exciting time for ministry at Community Lutheran Church. There are so many wonderful things happening with the arrival of our new Senior Pastor, Ben Bergren. In the meantime, there has been plenty of other activity going on. We have said hello and goodbye to our Transition Senior Pastor, Tom Anderson. Personally, I have officiated nine different funerals and three weddings in the last two months. There have been a number of hospital visits, appointments, and meetings. Then to top it all off my two little boys got sick last week, just as my parents arrived from Minnesota…
Life goes by at a blur! If we aren’t careful, we can miss out on some really sacred moments. I have heard that we need five positive or affirming complements to counter just one negative comment. Human beings are just wired to listen to the bad and doubt the good. I know this can be true for me. I will focus in on one little moment where I feel like I failed or neglected to help someone. However, the past few days have been fairly encouraging for me. My parents still wanted to visit, and they were an IMMENSE help with the sick kids! (I just hope they don’t get sick in the days to come!!!) I also received several very gracious letters from people who I helped over the last few weeks. These small moments reminded me that God’s Spirit is always working!
This week we are celebrating the Reformation of the church. The Reformation is the good news that God’s Spirit is always working for good in this world. Sometimes we can get lost in the dark valleys, but there are always new options and new opportunities to move forward. This week we are celebrating the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. I hope you can believe that God is creating something good within you!!