For Our Sake, We Are One
"It been quite the week in Lake Wobegon .." began Garrison Keillor on his "Prairie Home Companion" radio show. In our case, make that plural. On July 12th, we began Vacation Bible School, which really had been a work in progress long before that week. This week, we have youth out on a mission trip to Lincoln, IL. The respite week between was anything but calm as we dealt with a forced staff absence. Yet the work of the Kingdom of God continues.
This week, we will read in Ephesians 4 that some were called to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, or teachers. I would add that some were also called to be carpenters, plumbers, secretaries, doctors, nurses, bank managers, repair people, and you get the idea. As Lutherans, we teach that all vocation is a calling from God. We teach that we are all called into the priesthood of all believers to do the work of the Kingdom of God. Our examples of living daily in the presence of God are noticed. We all have bits and pieces that we can contribute to make the Kingdom prosper.
Remember that as you say your kind words, do your acts of love, and pray for those around you or far away. We are living out the unity we have in the Holy Spirit as we seek to become whole in Christ Jesus.