Summer is fully upon us and vacations have or are being decided. One of the most enjoyable times in my adult life has been vacationing with my family. I traveled extensively in my job, so this was a special time for me to have time with my family. When we moved to California from Milwaukee, Wisconsin we joined a church that was mostly made up of young families. Never having camped before, we were invited to go with another couple and their two boys to Yosemite National Park in early spring, April. We borrowed a humungous tent and gathered up whatever else we needed and set out. Unfortunately, we left rather late in the day and didn’t arrive at the park until nearly 10:00 p.m. Consequently we had to fumble and set up our camp in the dark. The next morning was what brought us to our knees. At about sunrise we opened the tent flap and there before us was the most spectacular sight we had ever seen. The majesty of Half Dome from the meadow was breathtaking. We all agreed that God certainly did a magnificent job in forming our universe. If you have ever sung the hymn How Great Thou Art , it brings all the majesty to the forefront.
Being newly elected as president of the congregation I thought it might be helpful to give you some background since my wife and I are new members at St. Luke. Growing up in Minnesota I attended a Lutheran church from the time I was a toddler. My parents both sang in the church choir so I was delegated to sit with Tante Willer during the service until I was old enough to sing in a choir. She was a loving grandmother that was a friend of our family. As all young Lutherans, I was baptized, attended Sunday school, Luther League, and Confirmation classes. I was fortunate to grow up in the faith-filled communities of Minneapolis, Ortonville, and Moorhead. There seemed to be a Lutheran church around every corner in Minnesota and still is today.
Greetings in Christ St. Luke Family and all others that should be a part of our St. Luke family!
An amazing and yet well known fact: Time Flies!! As I reflect on my thoughts that this is my last Epistle article as council president I am absolutely amazed how fast it seems to me that the past 12 months have become the past 12 months! The Bible tells us that to the Lord a day is a thousand years and a thousand years is a day. I’m starting to figure out how the thousand years is like a day thing works as the days and months seem to be coming and going at an exponentially faster pace for me.
Every May first since Claudia, my wife of now may years, and I were dating I have delivered her flowers in celebration of May Day. This started because her family lived in Hawaii for several years during her childhood and she remembered that May 1st was a very special day there. The locals knew the day as “Flower Day” or “Leis Day”. Either way May 1st was all about flowers. I decided way back then that I would always remember to bring or have flowers or a flowering plant of some kind delivered every May the first. May is important to the two of us because that is the month that we became “a couple”. May 17th. We still celebrate that day in the present.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
There are many times in our lives on this side that it is very hard to believe this statement in Paul’s letter to the Romans. How in the world can any good come out of this horrible event? This question can come into our own experiences, events that are happening in our family or with a friend or even in catastrophic world situations. We ask ourselves where is the good? Where is the justice? Why is this happening to me, them, our world? Where is the “good”??