The World According to Pastor Monica...

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June 2019


Where is God...

​Have you ever asked “Where is God?” It’s tempting to ask this question as we watch the news, confronted with daily reports of tragedy, violence and hatred. Yet God is with us: on Pentecost, we celebrate Jesus' sending of the Holy Spirit to be our constant Advocate, Comforter and Guide. The Spirit of God reminds us of God’s constant presence in our lives, accompanying us through the events of a world mired in sin. The holy fire of the Spirit that we receive in the sacrament of baptism lives within us forever, and by the Spirit we are never separated from God, or God’s unconditional love. The Spirit is at work in ways we may not always notice: by Pentecost our Synod will celebrate the election of a new bishop, the result of the Spirit leading our Assembly to raise up the right person. In mid-June, I will gather with pastor colleagues at Lutheran Theological Seminary of the South for a continuing education Spiritual Direction intensive. What I learn in these long days of study is invigorating, insightful and useful, but the Spirit-filled conversations that emerge are what deeply connect us and empower us as Christians who live as the universal Body of Christ.


It can be difficult to notice the Spirit at work when we can’t always see it, but Jesus tells us in John 3:8 that the wind of the Spirit blows as it pleases—God’s Holy Spirit can never be restricted, and will always do God’s will. God's constant Advocate and Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is alive within you. Trust the Spirit, and follow its lead whenever you wonder where God is, because it will always redirect your path back to the God of all grace. 


Peace to all here...
Pastor Monica