April 7th

Growing in faith—this morning I was at Washington Oaks, a retirement home, where I led a Bible study with an amazing group of women all over 85 years young.  We have been studying the letters of Paul to the Corinthians and we talked about planting seeds of faith.  Most of them had been Sunday School teachers at one time or another and many of them remembered who planted those first seeds of faith in them.  Mothers and grandmothers were often those mentioned as having been the one who first told them of God’s love. 

In Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy, he writes:  “That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice and now to you!”  (The Message)   Whether we think of our faith as planted or handed down, it is a gift not only from God, but also from the one who shared it with you.  We are always to be in the business of nurturing the faith of one another—we do that by prayer and by being available to listen. 

Trinity Lutheran Church has a giving garden that is being planted with vegetables to share with those who are hungry.  This is a new way to share with those who come to our Trinity Aid Bank.  But, Trinity Lutheran Church has long been a place where seeds of faith are being planted—we have so many gifts to share with a hungry world.  Not just vegetables but hope, patience, grace, and trust in the God who loves us and who never abandons us. 

Garden workers—thanks for passing on the faith to everyone you meet!  Thanks for your prayers on behalf of the hungry and the grieving, thanks for your care of our children and youth, thanks for joining in worship and fellowship with all who come to this Place of Grace.  Thanks for giving God’s grace away, every day!  Amen!