Stained Glass Round

Message from the Pastor
from the Bethel Beacon

            Bethel Lutheran Church       Bemidji, Minnesota

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Summer is traditionally the time most people get the camping trailer out and use it. I remember when we were going to use our tent trailer for a weekend. Well the last time we used it was quite a while back, and in hooking up the trailer, I found that 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 ground connection, nothing worked right. I’d turn on the turn signals, but the brake lights would come on! Not a good thing. After repairing the ground, the lights did what they were supposed to do.
Scripture reminds us in many places to remain connected to, or grounded in, or rooted with Jesus: “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.” Ephesians 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.” Colossians 2:6
Oftentimes when nothing seems to work right in our lives, upon closer examination, we find that the truth is very simple: We haven’t been grounded to Jesus! Often it’s as simple as benign neglect. Over time the connection doesn’t get maintained very well. We say things like: “When things settle down..”, “When I have more time…”, “Next week I’ll…” and 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. Then we say things like: “He didn’t help me…” “You said you’d always be there, but you’re not…” 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, transforming us through his love. May we always maintain the connection, and stay connected to Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.

Rev. Mark Kindem




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