Have you noticed? Even in this time of staying home during Covid 19 sometimes we can be so busy with our jobs that we can forget about our true vocation, or “calling” from God. Have you taken a moment lately to ask yourself, “What is God calling me to do?” “Why has God placed me on earth?” Do you understand, do you embrace, that God’s call to you is active whether you are working at your place of employment or not? Whether you are at home or not? Do you accept that there are no weekends off or vacations away from God’s call?
In the Lutheran Church we share that none of our vocations, none of our calls, are more important than any other person’s call from God. We proclaim that we are called to join together in praising God, to sharing the Good News. We believe we are called to join together worshiping our Lord…each and every Sunday. We are called to live out our God given potentials as individuals who are, in so many ways, part of community.
Together we are called by God to serve our families and our neighbors…close and distant. We are called to do so with love, concern, and compassion. After all, Jesus commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are called to be witnesses to our faith…witnesses to God’s love for creation as we share God’s love with others.
And, of course, as mentioned in the Book of Genesis, you and I are called to join with all the people on earth as we care for creation. We are called to be good stewards for all that which God surrounds us. We are to care for creation not begrudgingly, but with joy and celebration. We can do so even as we marvel at the complexity and beauty, the vulnerability and the mystery that surrounds us each and every day.
This summer I pray you will all take a moment and thank God. Thank God for enabling us all to care for the earth, to care for our neighbors, our families, our communities. Let us rejoice that our call from God is to share God’s love freely and generously. Always.
Christ’s peace, Pastor Steve