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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Rise
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Like the command to rise was uttered by Jesus to a corpse, we are expected to rise to the occasion because God has many plans for our future was the thought of the homily of the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor at Kenedy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, suggested on the Third Sunday after Pentecost.

Jesus looks at us and sees hope of a new life we offer not only to ourselves but also to others with whom we communicate. Regardless whether we or others have health concerns, financial problems, political differences, or any other worries, as the heirs of God we are expected to rise above the calamity. One should not let the evil one win when the difficulties find a way into our daily lives.

Two approaches to rising to the day is how we greet God. Begin each day with the sign of the cross. One expression which comes to mind is how we greet each day. Do we awaken and say positively, “Good morning, Lord” or is our mood negative with the words, “Good Lord, it’s morning.”

Life changes daily. It is better to wake up and thank the Lord for another day. The future hold many unknown aspects. Nothing should keep us from moving forward. One finds moving forward with trembling is weak while showing enthusiasm each new day in a positive approach.

We move forward with the promise of God as revealed in his Word. God has plans for our future. Nothing in heaven or earth can separate us from God. Many opportunities are found daily to share the Word of God with those people we encounter on the road of life. God has taken our future into his hands and secured it for us.

No matter how good or bad we feel about our current situations, we move forward looking for life here on earth or life eternal. Rise above whatever you believe is holding you back. Help others in need by offering unity and love. We should thank the saints from our life who wished us hope over despair, health over illness, and eternal life over death. Whatever is dead or troubled within us responds to God’s command to “Rise”by springing back to life.

Visitors are welcomed and encourages to come worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Pastor Wally Schievelbein on Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Service, the 9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School or the 10:45 a.m. Traditional Service.
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