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Pastoral Ponderings September 2022

Some random thoughts . . .

“Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” Psalm 19:4

I was making a communion visit to one of our members. When I arrived, she was watching one of the all-day news channels and throughout our visit I could hear the T.V. in the background.

After visiting for a while, we shared communion. During the whole communion liturgy, the newscaster rambled on in the background, analyzing the election campaign, ranting about the violence between the police and Afro-Americans, and second-guessing all the plays of the latest Twins games…and on and on. What struck me was that in the midst of the cacophony on the television, the words we heard were “this is my body…this is my blood…given and shed for you”.

It occurred to me that this incident was a metaphor for the world we live in. In the midst of all the clamoring voices competing for our attention, babbling inconsequentially, there is one voice that comes through all the nattering and chattering…the voice of the Lord saying, “I love you. You are mine”.

It is my prayer that in the midst of the multitude of voices begging for your attention, criticizing you for your faults and shortcomings, yammering away at you, you may be able to hear the voice of God calling out to you, “I love you. You are mine. Come, follow me”.

Blessings, Pastor Karl


St. Paul's Lutheran Church of German Lake
22693 German Lake Rd
Cleveland, Minnesota 56017