Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long. — Psalm 25:4-5
This summer has been full of many journeys and new paths for myself and my family. Thanks to all for your well wishes for Andy and Kristin at their wedding, and for Hannah as she begins her graduate school education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. While the changes and challenges can be overwhelming, it is always important to remember that the paths we lead are always in God’s presence, and we can rely on God’s Spirit to give us courage and comfort along the way.
As September approaches we think of going back to school (even though for some of us it has been a long time since we were students). In the church we also think about the start of Sunday School classes and confirmation classes, but we miss a lot if we think only of those settings as times to learn the Lord’s path, and to be led in the truth. Each and every day our God longs for us to listen, learn, and know the presence and the power of grace and love in our lives.
I hope that along with sending the young people off to school, Sunday School, and confirmation, that each of us can make a new effort to spend time in God’s Word and worship, to take time to humbly listen for God’s voice, and dedicate ourselves to walking the path of faith and service. Each of us needs that light to guide our way, and the world needs that light to shine through us in the midst of anxious and uncertain times. Please look for ways to be involved, to initiate conversations about faith and service, and find joy in the community of God’ people.
Pastor John Twiton