From the Pastor’s Desk | Sept. 4, 2022, | Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Who can know God’s counsel,
or who can conceive what the Lord intends?”
– Wisdom 9:13
Brothers and Sisters,
A message, combined with the confidence of its messenger, can be powerful. Like when I was younger, and I was tempted to let whatever was frustrating me get the best of me, my mother’s reminder, “Lord, your will be done.” helped to adjust my attitude.
As my recent vacation was nearing an end, I felt a pesky summer cold creep upon me. Not knowing if this was my first sinus congestion of the season or something contagious, I did a Covid self-test to be safe. I was pretty confident I’d test negative because of my previous results while prepping for my trip.
Apparently, God had a change of plans for how I’d be spending the last days of vacation. Instead of seeing the beautiful ports in the south of Alaska, I’d get to see the four walls of my new quarantine cabin (albeit treated well by room service). The combination of needing to extend my trip to fulfill returning traveler quarantine guidelines and my impatience to just get back home and back to ministry had all of the makings of a frustrating few days. Instead, I adjusted my perspective by thinking about my mom and the petition of the Lord’s prayer: thy will be done.
God’s ways are indeed mysterious. And when life does not go according to our plan, remember that God already has a plan to set everything right. In humility, the Scriptures remind us we have limitations, but God, in his generosity, provides signs of his enduring faithfulness, reminding us that we are his precious daughters and sons.
As we begin a new academic year, our school and faith formation instruction will focus on the theme, Claimed & Consecrated, We belong to the One Body in Christ. We are not enslaved without hope. Join me in working together to serve one another as an enduring sign in our times – God’s will be done! Let us unite as a witness to the enduring love that leads to true and lasting freedom.
In the Lord,
Rev. Michael S. Triplett