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Greetings children of God.
I have to admit something to y’all, I’m guilty. I’m guilty of forgetting how blessed I am. The other day, I wasn’t in an ideal situation and I found myself complaining about it. Later that day while running errands, I was walking out of a store and another gentleman was walking in. As we passed each other, I did what most guys do; I made eye contact and greeted the other man with a head nod. I expected him to do the same but instead he greeted me with the same words I usually say to someone; he said, “Have a blessed day.” Those words stayed with me that day and later that evening I remembered a song sung by country music artist Tracy Lawrence, “As Easy As Our Blessings.” The lyrics are below.
Lately I’ve been having more nights that I can’t sleep
Storms of life keep blowing in sometimes it gets so heavy
It drives me to my knees and it’s coming down again
Then a voice inside reminds me of the roof over my head
And my wife and kids are tucked away warmly in their beds
Up in heaven sometimes I wonder if God sits there and listens
To all his children thinking it’d be nice if we’d forget our troubles as easy as our blessings
Suddenly I don’t feel like counting what I need
So I start counting what I have when times are at their toughest
My wife still stands by me and my children make me laugh
Then I crawl back in bed and start to think as I lay there
Could it be that he’s already heard and answered all my prayers
It’d be nice if we’d forget our troubles as easy as our blessings
We all experience different storms in life and in the midst of those storms, we all have times when we forget just how blessed we truly are. And while we may not have everything we want, for the most part, we generally have everything we need.
As our reading from Psalm 67:6-7 says, “Our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us.” It’s not always easy for us to remember, especially when we are in the midst of the storms of life, but as we learned from last week’s Gospel lesson, we’re not alone in those storms, Jesus is with us, walking with us, strengthening us, blessing us. May God continue to bless us, today, tomorrow, and always.
Yours in Christ,
Jesus cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” – John 7:37-38
If you travel to the Grand Canyon and hike along the rim in the desert you will find an interesting sign. It reads, “Stop! Drink water. You are thirsty, whether you realize it or not.” It is a baffling idea to think that we may not recognize our own thirst. But we human beings know that it is very possible to be so preoccupied living, working, checking off our to-do-list, that we forget to nourish our bodies. More than once I have come home from a busy day to suddenly discover, “I am thirsty”. I am not alone, 75% of Americans don’t get enough water to drink each day. Three out of four of us walk around in a chronic state of dehydration and we don’t even realize it.
The same can happen in our faith lives. A sign could be posted for us in the dry places cautioning, “Stop! Drink water. You are thirsty, whether you realize it or not.” Sometimes I think the Holy Spirit suddenly makes us aware of our thirst for a reason. Realizing your thirst is a gift. It allows you to seek a source of abundant nourishment.
Four years ago we began Diakonia (pronounced dee-ak-on-ee’-ah) here in the Southeastern Conference. We noticed that there were lay leaders in our congregations thirsty for deeper understanding, so we gathered teachers and learners together and brought the Diakonia Program here to Northwestern Ohio. Diakonia is Greek for service. Diakonia is a call to discipleship. It gathers Christians together to grow and learn in order to more fully respond to the call to serve Christ. The curriculum consists of twelve courses, with six courses offered each academic year. Each course has five sessions that meets in three-hour increments on Tuesday nights. Each course is taught by a different rostered leader and students come from many different congregations. Weekly reading assignments and reflections are designed to relate to topic of study and stir conversation. Tuition is $60 per course. Scholarships are also available for all those in need of assistance. Beginning this fall Diakonia will be hosted in five different congregation and online through Zoom. The site closest to you is ___________________________.
“Stop! Drink water. You are thirsty, whether you realize it or not.” If you are thirsty for deeper spiritual growth, maybe it is time to explore Diakonia. Diakonia is an invitation to gather with other Christians and grow together in our call to be disciples of Christ. Please pray about whether God is calling you or someone you know to this program.
For more information about the National Diakonia Program go to: http://www.diakoniausa.org/. For schedules and applications for our program here in NWOS check our site at: https://nwos-diakonia.weebly.com/.
Diakonia is a ministry of the Northwestern Ohio Synod and other Synods of the ELCA.