St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran Church

21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road

Hagerstown, MD 21742

301-739-5442

Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful

The Pastor's Thoughts

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.'" Psalm 91

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God...So we have come to know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God and God in Him." 1 John 4

What would you say if I left this space blank because I didn't have any thoughts this month? You'd probably think I was slipping a bit mentally or had just gotten too lazy to think. Either of those is possible, but lazy would probably be a better bet.

We all get the "lazy's" every now and then. We feel tired and bored and nothing seems to be worth doing so we just sit and stare at the TV or even sit on the patio watching the grass grow and wondering where those birds get all that energy.

On the whole we're very, very lucky that God never gets lazy or tired or just bored. That would be impossible because God is perfect in all ways. But were He to ever stop doing what He's doing, all of creation, everything outside of Himself, would just cease to exist. You, me, the oceans, the earth, the stars, the galaxies, the very universe itself is there because God maintains it according to His will. He who made all, sustains all.

God actually has no need for anything other than Himself. So why did He create everything? Well, surprisingly enough, He created all things so that His love could fill all things. You and I, we're made for Him to love and for us to love Him in return.

As all Christians know, Gods being is a mystery which we call the Trinity — one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And throughout all time the three Persons have loved one another with an all embracing and pure love. God created us so that we can share in this love, so that we can become the objects of His grace. It is a completely pure and completely unselfish act on His part.

We can't truly understand this, but we can experience it every day when His graces fall down upon us and when we can remember all that He did for us in Jesus.

Pr. Culler