Newsletter, Spotlight


The merry month of May!  Spring is finally upon us (it took long enough) and I am so excited to be thinking all things May! My absolute favorite part of this particular spring month is that the Lilies of the Valley finally bloom, but that’s not the only great thing… Coming up soon is also Star Wars Day:  May the 4th (be with you.  Get it??)!  I hope that if any of you hear this phrase on Friday, you will all be able to answer as good Lutherans: “And also with you.”  🙂

Let’s take a moment to think about some more of these “may” statements:

May I have this dance?
Please sir, may I have some more?
Come what may
May it please the court…
May the odds be ever in your favor.
May the Lord bless you and keep you…

What do all of these phrases have in common?  It’s the fact that whatever is being sought after is in someone else’s hands.  The person doing the asking is not in control of the situation!  In some cases that may be a bit of a relief, but for most of us, we would much rather be the one in control.

We have been raised to be self-sufficient and to plan our lives well enough that we are not always relying on others.  We learn very quickly that we should be capable of working for what we desire, as well as willing to do that work.  I’m sure we’ve all heard (or even uttered) the phrase “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” It’s hard to argue with a statement like that in this broken world where we so often face disappointment!

Sometimes we’ve done such a good job of becoming self-sufficient, that we are uncomfortable relinquishing any amount of control and responsibility.  But, this is exactly what we are invited to do when God calls to us “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

Our salvation, forgiveness, eternity—none of it is in our hands.  The truth is, if any part of this precious gift was our responsibility, we’d all be doomed!  There’s good news, though: Our Almighty Creator already knew that which is why He took care of everything for us!  So, as you enjoy this long-awaited spring, I invite you to sit back and relax.  Spend some time enjoying all of the new life you see springing up from the cold dark earth and reflect on the hope that we have through the work of our Savior.  He has accomplished the work needed to redeem us from the grip of sin and death, and we need only to receive that gift offered to us with open arms.

So, my friends, may the peace God which, passes all understanding, guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tara Barrett, DCE

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