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God bless our dads and grads

June 22, 2011 - We have just celebrated an important milestone in the church, Holy Trinity Sunday, where we boldly and firmly declare that our God is one God manifested to us in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In light of the false teachings that have taken place in the world this is an important declaration of faith.

We are told to honor our fathers and our mothers. In May we celebrated the blessing God gives us in our mothers and this month we remember the blessing of our fathers. It is difficult, if not impossible, to raise children without the presence of both a mother and a father there to give a balanced outlook on life.

At the same time we are reminded of the importance of the example of the father in raising a child in the faith. The absence of a father's guidance often leads to ambiguity of faith.

At the same time we remember the many young adults who are preparing to step out on their own, maybe for the first time.

I remember the joy (along with the fear and trepidation) of beginning college and then transferring to a school that led me to leave the shelter of the nest.

Even more frightening can be the step out of college and into the work force. It seems the safety net has been withdrawn under that circumstance! What if we fail?

No matter who we are or what we do there are a couple things to remember. First, we all have responsibilities. God gives each of us gifts and He calls us to use those gifts in serving Him.

Even those who might not believe in God have that responsibility because He has given them their gifts.

The second thing to remember is that God is with us at all times. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. We are reminded in the words of the Psalmist (139) that God knows everything about us and is with us always. He knows us better than we know ourselves because He knit us together.

As we continue on the journey together, bound by the faith we have in Jesus as our Savior, whether we be a dad or a grad, I offer to you the words I have used to guide my life and my ministry.

Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, wrote Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

(Proverbs 16:3) What wonderful advice that is! Put it in the Lord's hands.

Take it to Him in prayer, ask for His guidance on where you should go, let Him guide you to what He would have you do, then listen for His answer and follow where He leads. When He is in control you will not and cannot fail.

God's blessings as you serve Him as His child.

The Rev. Kendall Schaeffer is pastor of St. Trinity Lutheran Church.

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