Where Do the Years Go?

  It was 17 years ago that I was called to be Sr. Pastor here at Trinity Lutheran Church and School... I almost can't believe that it's been that long. It's important for me to occasionally think back over challenges, struggles, victories and successes when I consider this time in my ministry, and when I do, the word blest comes to mind. I have been truly blest by knowing you all and having the privilege and honor of working with and among you.
We're also coming up on ten years since 9/11. It happened on a Tuesday, and I had chapel for our school kids and staff on the following day. We were all still trying to sort out what happened and who did what, having absolutely no clue that that event would be a catalyst in so many areas of our lives. We were all scared and confused, like everyone else in the country.
I reminded the kids that when we're scared or in trouble, we can call 911 for help. I told them that when they think of the events of 9/11, it was time to make a 911 call to God for help - kind of a prayerful 911 to God. If, when we are afraid or angry, we call on God to guide us, he will direct our paths and help us keep from acting out of fear or sin.
In the 10 years since 9/11, we have seen many pandering to the fear and prejudice of people, trying to maintain or build power and control. If we fall prey to these dark tactics, we only empower and perpetuate the problems that were caused by a relatively few religious radicals. Fear and anger, as reactions to these events, actually make them more powerful!
So, what are we, as people of God, to do? We live in forgiveness, in hope, with care, looking for and finding the good in others - even those who seem so different from us - and we work in God's Kingdom together to bring peace, reconciliation and love to all in God's name.
I'm so glad to be on this journey of faith with you all!
Pastor Larry