Pastoral Reflections- Rev. Barb Muhs, pastor, Salem Church of Lincoln, Lincoln, Iowa
June 1, 2013
Several years ago a woman asked me if I was afraid to travel alone. My response to her was, “I’ve travels so much alone and for so long I really haven’t given it much thought.” Her next line made me smile, “Well, I’m sure that when you do travel you keep a Bible by your side.” I can’t remember what I said to her next, perhaps it was something like, “well, there is usually a Bible in the car.” I often remember this conversation at the beginning of the summer as I think about vacation and I think about the extra travels many people make during these months. And I ask, How many people start their trips out in prayer? How many people while on vacation, continue with their daily ritual of prayer and or devotion? How many people attend worship while they are on vacation? I’ll never fully know the answer and I know that these questions are between the individuals and God. I recall as a teenager hearing a sermon one Sunday, yes, during the summer, about what would happen if God went on vacation. Now THAT is questions for all of us to think about. What would our days be like of God was not there to hear us when we prayed or lead us to a place where our spirit or our presence made a difference to someone else? As you engage in the activities of summer I hope that you will take the time to worship, meditate,pray and think on these things that Matthew reminds us of when he shares of Jesus talking with the disciples, “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room , I was naked and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Yes, summer is a time of activity and travel but I know without a doubt God doesn’t take a vacation away from us. Let’s not disappoint God. Let’s stay active and continue the ministry of Jesus Christ yes, even in the summer.
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