Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for June 2018
A time for endings and new beginnings. Tis the season for graduations. Right now we, the Halverson family, are ramping up for Ariana's 8th-grade graduation from Woodlands School -- a place she's been attending since 4K. It's been a wonderful experience, but soon to end with tears and smiles. The new chapter of high school is beckoning. I for one am not sure about all of this. I realize that I only have 4 more years of spending a lot of time with her until she is off to college or trade school or whatever she decides to do. My hope is that I am able to give her ... what? My wisdom, my good decisions, my love? My hope that she will continue to grow into a strong person of faith and good character? I guess, all the above. I know that I am not alone in this. These feelings are pretty common among parents. In this, I know that Kelly and I are not alone and there is comfort in that.
This graduation marks leaving the known and possibly comfortable for a new start with new friends and new challenges. We don't know exactly what tomorrow will bring, but we can embrace the good that comes our way and weed out the bad. We learn from every experience, possibly more from the tougher experiences. My father told me years ago that every experience is a learning experience. I think he was right, if we can view it that way. If we are open to learning, then we grow. If we learn to see the ever-present hand of God in our lives, then we grow as people of faith.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ marks a major learning experience for all of us. The continuing of the Jewish faith that has been present for thousands of years and the beginning of Christianity that is now two thousand plus years give us much to contemplate and act upon. Hopefully we learn from those thousands of years and try to incorporate the new with the richness of the old. With the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have a new start, daily if we can view it that way, of living into the Word. That is God's gift to us no matter where we are in our journeys in this life.
Peace be with all of you in your journeys and God be with you always!