Stained Glass Round

Message from the Pastor
from the Bethel Beacon

            Bethel Lutheran Church       Bemidji, Minnesota

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August and September 2019


The other day I was going to use my snowmobile trailer, which I haven’t used in several years.  In hooking up the trailer, I couldn’t get the lights to work!  (Surprise?)  Turned out the ground wire was just about rusted through.  Because there wasn’t a good connection nothing worked right.  I’d turn on the blinkers but the brake lights would come on!  (Not a good thing.)  After repairing the ground wire, the lights did what they were supposed to do.

   Scripture reminds us in many places to remain connected to, grounded in, and rooted with Christ:  “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  “And that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love” (Eph. 3:17).  “As you therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6).

   Oftentimes, nothing seems to work right in our lives.  But upon closer examination, we often find the truth: we haven’t been grounded with Christ.  Often it’s as simple as benign neglect.  Over time the connection doesn’t get maintained very well.  And then, predictably, when the time comes that we need the connection to Jesus, and it doesn’t seem right, we feel that Jesus has failed us.  The truth is that Jesus is always there; calling us to himself, giving us his life, strengthening us with his grace, upholding us with his mercy, and transforming us through his love.  May we continue to keep the connection strong, grounded to Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.

“Lord, take my hand and lead me upon life’s way; Direct, protect, and feed me from day to day.  Without your grace and favor I go astray; so take my hand, O Savior, and lead the way.”

-LBW # 333 v. 1


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