Dear members and friends of FLC,
My shepherd, you supply my need; most holy is your name…
You lead me in your mercy’s sake, in paths of truth and grace.
~ ELW #782
How can it be that the end of August is soon upon us? We have an oak tree on our lawn which always “stresses” in late summer, already dropping leaves, anticipating the change of seasons.It is a simple reminder to me that the best of the summer is passing by, with the opportunity of more blessings to come.
It has been a wonderful opportunity to have had another summer in your midst. Some of the things I have been involved with include: learning new songs and participating in weekly worship with the summer day campers at FLC, meetings with different committees and council in a more relaxed environment and welcoming summer travelers in worship, receiving new members, and working alongside the staff of FLC and First Lutheran Childcare Programs,.
I will remember this summer as one of travel not only to Portland, but to Vermont for adaptive driving lessons for our oldest, Connecticut to see family, and mid-coast Maine and northwestern Vermont for some vacation days. This was the summer our youngest graduated from high school, which brought its own mix of memories and feelings.
Whether you have traveled or not, had a summer you wish could continue, or one that you will be grateful to see pass by, God has been present with you, guiding your path, sustaining you and supporting you, and bringing blessings of mercy and new life.
The hymn verses above remind us that God always remembers and provides for us. As you reflect upon the end of August and the warm months that will soon be a fleeting memory, consider where God has been present in your life, and offer your gratitude in ways that share God’s bounty with others. Even in the midst of the “stresses” of life, God will not leave us empty or alone. Rest in God’s assuring presence, and be well.