The first Sunday in October for decades has been designated as the day when Christians around the world will celebrate World Wide Communion. This tradition began in 1934 as the war clouds began to emerge in Germany and Italy.
Now, 83 years later, we still have war clouds in so many parts of the world. There is so much suffering around the globe, it causes some to wonder where is God in all of this and where do we find glimpses of hope.
All of this has caused me to devote time thinking about what guides people in life. We know that some bank most of their hopes on luck, thinking that we must try to be at the right place at the right time. Still, others resign themselves to fate. They believe that somehow life is governed by a preset formula, what will be will be.
But Christians see life not directed by either luck or fate. The person who truly trusts God, as we know God through Jesus Christ, sees the hand of God in all parts of life. We call this living by the will of God. Christians learn how to search for the will of God to guide them in everyday living. Granted, the will of God is not always apparent, especially when things happen that we prefer would not have happened. Yet, wise is the person who strives to find the will of God in everything a person thinks and does.
If you have time, read over John 9: 1-6, 13-17, and 24-38 before worship this Sunday.
With love and gratitude for you,
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Bohl
Temporary Supply Pastor