Peace Lutheran Church
This letter is the third in a series about enhancing one’s devotional life; the first two parts can be seen in the January and April newsletter. (Ask Pastor for a copy if you misplaced yours).
We are now six months down with six months to go in the calendar year, and as we enter into the summer months there is the natural tendency to set aside things inside in order to enjoy things outside. This is definitely a worthy thing to do, as we are called upon to not only care for the creation, but also to take the time to enjoy the creation.
Enjoying creation however, is not a time to set aside one’s devotional life; rather it can be a time to enhance one’s devotions. The wonder and majesty of God’s creation that surrounds us constantly reminds us of all of the promises and blessings that God has given to us, and moves us to return to His Word and to continue to hear of those promises that He has made.
One of the many blessings of the devotions used in the congregation, whether it is Happy Times, My Devotions, Higher Things Reflections or Portals of Prayer is their ease of portability. The devotions can easily be packed in a bag or kept in the car so that no matter where you are or what you are doing, your devotional is close at hand, so that even when work runs late, or you are at the lake or just enjoying the creation on your own front porch, your devotion is always close at hand.
This is also a time of year, when learning parts of the Small Catechism and sections of the liturgy can be most beneficial. When you are in the fields, when you are at the lake, or when you are driving home after a day out, you have the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the responses that we use in the service on your mind so that as you are enjoying the creation, you can also do your devotions.
When you are driving near and far and you notice the sunset over the rolling green hills, recite the Apostle’s Creed. When you are in the tractor or online at the elevator give thanks for the fruits of the earth by praying the Lord’s Prayer. When you are gathered around a campfire, sing the common Doxology. When you are out on the water fishing or swimming or even just floating around, remember the day that you were baptized. Remember how Christ nourishes you with His body and blood while you are being nourished at a picnic.
Not only is the summer a time to continue one’s devotions, the schedule also allows for the time to enhance one’s devotions. Consider checking a book out of the church library, or purchasing one through the Resource Center and taking the time to read it this summer.
Might I recommend Lutheranism 101, a helpful book which covers the basics of what Lutherans believe, teach and confess, including how we view the world and how we worship.
The creation around us this summer reminds us of the tremendous blessings that the Lord has given to us, and thereby beckons us to both continue in and to strengthen our devotional life. The devil will use this idle time of summer as an opportunity to draw us away from God and to cast aside our devotionals. Be wary of the attacks of the devil, and make use of this summer as an opportunity to continue to build up your defenses against the devil and his angels, as you take comfort in the Lord of heaven and earth.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt