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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Family of Christ at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran,
 
Sometimes it is like a roller-coaster.  And it can happen day by day.  Some things are new and some just keep hanging around.  It was a beautiful day and traveling went well, even smoothly.  There was more bad news about the deck, more money and more time needed to complete a necessary project.  Throw that on top of the general budget struggles and it can seem a bit overwhelming if dwelling there too long.
 
But there was good news at the hospital as one of our members had a slightly surprising procedure that went as well as could be expected and had immediate positive results.  And the place I stayed in last night had many humming bird visitors.  They fascinate me with their delicate nature and swift movements, their little snapping sounds, another one that God got right. 
 
And there were spiders too, with webs in three places across the front walk.  The third one I didn't know was there until it got tangled around my head.  Dropped stuff off early in the day and when I returned in the evening they were back across the walk again (though this time I avoided one crawling around on my face).  They were undeterred by having to build everything over again.  A reminder, God teaching a lesson through insects.
 
And then I looked up some favorite words from Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Amen to that!
 
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy
 
Again we pray, "O most loving Father, you want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing you, and to lay all our cares on you, knowing that you care for us.  Grant that fears and anxieties in this mortal life may not hide from us the light of your immortal love shown to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
 
One worship service this Sunday September 6, 2009 at 10:30 am