Proverbs describe wisdom as an accomplished worker sitting next to God during the work of creating. The Lord created us at the beginning of his work ages ago. Each life was planned just as were the springs, the mountains, earth and fields, skies and the limits of the seas. We are beside him and rejoice with him in this inhabited world and take delight as he would in the human race. We are created in the image of the master Creator. This means we are all born with the capacity to crate - just for the sheer joy and satisfaction of being cocreator with God.
The more we examine nature, the more God’s genius is revealed. Scientist do much to contribute to the awe factor of faith. God’s amazing creation in the universe is a gift given to study, savor, manage wisely, and treat with respect. Churches host many forums where scientists and theologians can inspire and challenge one another. We conclude that we are so fortunate to dwell in God’s creation.
Our hope for the future is grounded in the love of God that we experience through Christ’s Holy Spirit. We boast in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Hope does not disappoint us. We can tolerate almost any situation when we have hope that things will get better. This hope helps us to keep going when conventional wisdom might suggest we give up.
Healthy relationships require clear boundaries. We sometimes need instructions about what is acceptable and what is unacceptable in different homes and cultures. One needs to go slowly as we become familiar with new relationships and new places. It is good to become so familiar with your church that you feel at home there. It has been prepared for you by those who came before you. You are invited to make yourself at home. You are invited to help prepare a place for those who haven’t yet arrived. God leads us to these places of worship where we can be ourselves and be at home with him.
Good Shepherd Lutheran encourages visitors to come worship with Pastor Wally Schievelbein on Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Service, the 9:45 Adult Sunday School and the 10:45 a.m. Traditional Service.