The month of June makes me think of graduations and weddings. At first glance, graduation seems like an ending — the end of life as a student. Weddings on the other hand are a beginning — the beginning of a marriage. But wait — every ending in life means a new beginning and every beginning means that something is over. They’re tied together, birth and death, joy and sorrow; and God is with us through all the changes.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” Romans 8:38-39
So this month, I thought the Lutheran Ladies (and our readers) would enjoy contemplating all of those beginnings and endings. They’re going on every day, all around us. What has ended for you this year? What has started? Are you a new person in some way you never imagined? What lies ahead? What have you had to leave behind? Are you grieving? Are you excited? Are you anxious?
Let’s explore life’s changes together, in the presence of God. He loves you and so do I!
Of course, there may be times when we will blog “off-topic” as the Spirit leads us.
A few days ago, I attended the graduation ceremony of my twin nephews who have both been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Syndrome Disorder). Their school meets in a church and is very small (5 in the graduating class) and Christian. It has come to be a place where students who cannot easily “fit in” to the public school system, not only survive, but thrive.
One of the speakers mentioned that people might try to put them down by insinuating that this kind of school could not have given them a quality education–too small; not enough options; unable to afford the best and latest technology. However, how wrong this worldly wisdom is. My nephews, Chris and Nick, had received the best possible education because they had learned the most important things: they learned that God loves them, and they learned to love others, even those who are somehow “different.” All the academic stuff (and they got plenty of that, too) is secondary.
“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?’ And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And he (Jesus) said to him, ‘You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.'” Luke 10:25-28
Let’s all try to remember to live as if we’re really keeping the main thing (love for God and others) as the main thing in our lives.