Devotional for May 2017
This is what the Lord says—
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
—Isaiah 43:16a, 18-19
I am a new pastor here at Family of Faith Lutheran, and a new pastor, period. Having repaired copiers for 34 years before
this, it has been joyous and frightening at the same time for me to enter into this new life. My human self sometimes
wants to return to the familiar, the comfortable; but God says, “Forget the former things. I have something new
in mind for you.”
We all have “new things” in our lives. Every day it seems we are asked to enter into a different way of thinking,
acting, or believing because Life with God is never static. No matter how much we desire to remain the same,
God’s call for us in these days is not to think of ways we can remain as we are or go back to how things were,
but to open our eyes to see the new thing” God is doing in the world, and to figure out how we can come alongside
God in those new ways of viewing the world, our faith, and our actions as a part of this ever-changing world.
I am learning how to be a different person, as difficult as that is sometimes, and how to look for the new thing in
God’s creation that points us to the ever-changing, ever-growing Kingdom of which we have been called to
participate. Will you join me in this new thing? Will you join with all believers in the continual renewal that flows f
rom our Baptism and into the world?