November 13, 1015
7I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8I keep the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
After confirmation class the other night, I especially felt grateful for the opportunity to share in the teaching ministry of the church. My words could have echoed the Psalm, I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me night after night. The more I teach, the more I become aware of the on-going nature of learning. In many ways it is in the teaching moments when we can see the connections between our faith and daily life, regardless of our ages.
While it is hard to measure the effectiveness of any one class time there is the realization that all of this somehow adds up and makes a difference. You hear it in the questions and see it in the interactions; you feel it in the kindnesses and sense it in the quiet ponderings. In my teaching time, I feel as if I am sharing in this wonderful task that has defined the mission of the church from its beginning.
I can easily say that I learn much by being in the company of our children and youth. As a grandpa I am especially mindful of how they give varied expressions of a hope that draw us into the newness we come to know through the love of God. In our tradition we treasure the way that words carry promise and invitation. There is an enduring quality about this so we naturally and gladly give ourselves over to those things that pass on the faith and serve a greater hope for all things.
This is the same spirit that accompanies our life of stewardship at Faith. By participating in the mission of the church we are strengthened in a good hope as our sights are lifted toward new horizons. And the joy of this comes because it touches the chord of our human need to share, to be present for others and to contribute to something beyond ourselves. While this may not always be stated in the routines of our programs it still remains and the very character of congregational life is strengthened. Our witness – what we say and what we do then take on integrity, a wholeness fitting to the very gift of the gospel.
Gracious God, your goodness surpasses everything else. Uphold us day after day, and teach us night after night, that we may follow in the path of life and be filled with resurrection joy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. – ELW, Leaders Desk Edition, Augsburg Fortress