Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for September 2017
Smoke all around. Not bad at times, but enough to hide the mountains slightly. Forest fires burn in British Columbia and the wind takes the smoke eastward. The town of Golden, British Columbia, lies in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. The elevation is about 1,000 meters or so.
Our lodge, which was one of three lodges, was situated just out of town nestled in the side of a hill overlooking a river. The owner of the lodges also had a working horse "ranch." She had adopted three horses which were injured in some way and needed some TLC to recover. Of course you can imagine two of our family members visiting the horses every morning with treats of carrots or apples.
This, of course, was our vacation for the year. We were celebrating Kelly's brother Mike's birthday (August 1st), Kelly's and Ariana's birthday (August 4th) and her parents' 50th Anniversary (August 5th). I was there as "Support Staff" since I wasn't celebrating a birthday or anniversary ... "Here let me cook, serve and clean for you all." Not quite like that, but it was humorous for the time being.
As I said, the hills and the mountains had a haze covering them. You could make out their shapes, but they weren't very clear. The only days that it was really clear was August 4th and 5th -- the two days we needed them to be picturesque. The next day was back to haze. We couldn't even visit Glacier National Park in Canada because it was closed due to the smoke.
Some days we can see life pretty clearly. Our faith is strong and we seem to be right with God and the rest of the world. I celebrate those days. But other days can be hazy. We might have a hard time at work, or connecting with a friend or family member seems pretty tough. We wonder where God is in all of this. Our questions about God are numerous and difficult to ask.
"Hazy" days can be tough, but we need to remember that even if we can't "see" God it doesn't mean that God is not present. If we look closely enough, we can see the outline of the mountain and we know that it is there even if partially hidden under a veil of clouds or smoke. Likewise, God is there -- steady and true under the surface or under a veil of sorts. We have often heard that God is with us no matter what and that nothing can keep us from the love that God offers us.
So, whether we see God clearly or faintly or not at all, we know that God IS there for us always.