A Word from Pastor Stefan
Rejoice in God’s Presence
There are times in life when we feel and become aware of God’s presence in and around our life. In the 15th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we find several stories on finding. Jesus talks about the joy of finding. For example, you have 100 sheep and lose one of them you will go out and look for the one that is lost. When you find it, you will rejoice and invite your friends to celebrate.
A woman has ten silver coins and loses one. She will search all over her house to find it. When she does find it, she will call her friends to rejoice with her. And then there is a man with two sons. One became lost and confused, and left his home. When that son returns, the father is filled with great joy because his son came back home. God is always out looking for us and is trying to find us. There is great joy in heaven when we become aware that God is finding us and when we become aware of God’s presence in our lives.
I feel God’s presence when I hold a child during a baptism ceremony and when she or he is relaxed and feels safe in my arms. God is one of us and came as a vulnerable child into our world. Everything we do here at Christus Victor is about finding and being found by God. My heart is filled with great joy when it happens in worship when people connect with God, when it happens during our Explore God discussion groups, when it happens when we visit each other at home or at a hospital bed.
I was just reading in Genesis 9 where God said, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living creatures of every kind on earth.”
When I see a rainbow after a rainfall, I see it as a personal greeting from God saying, “I am there. The connection exists. I think about you. I don’t give up on you.” I love rainbows. I am especially grateful when I see a full circle rainbow. Each day, I look for God’s signs in my life. A family who drove hundreds of miles to visit the grave-site of their deceased son, arrived to find a full rainbow arced above the small town. For them, this was not just a natural event but a sign of comfort, strength, hope and love. They felt with their heavy hearts that God was with them. They were not alone, and God helped them in this difficult time.
I would love to learn about your stories or pictures where you see God’s presence and God being at work in your life. Please send me a note or picture to: (Stefan.Potuznik@CVLutheran.org). I look forward to hearing from you.
We believe in a God who gives everything to us; a beautiful world, compassion, unconditional love, a bible that is filled with promises and Good News, family and friends, etc. May you become aware of God’s presence and generous giving in your life today and every day.
I see in many ways God’s presence in our “Explore God” discussions. If you have not yet joined one of our discussion groups, please do so and invite a friend.
I am grateful for your partnership in ministry,