Church News – July 7, 2022


I Don’t Know What to Do

Quiet, so very quiet, Daylight is almost here, and the world is still asleep.

The dawn sends fingers of light to call to you, and so with coffee in hand you venture outside. Just standing and not moving you take in the serenity, and sounds of an awakening world. No one is up and you are alone. The peacefulness draws you further beyond the house.

You sigh and say, “I’ll just take one more minute before I go back inside.” The morning’s coolness feels refreshing and looking around you see the distant mountains framing our Valley Center world, and then a rabbit darts under the cover of a bush, and a few birds purposely glide above you. How simple life seems and you think, “I just have too much to do.”

Another sigh and you drag yourself back towards the door, where the overwhelming and demanding world awaits your attention. “How am I going to get it all done?” Shaking your head, you think about the piles of papers on the kitchen counter, the phone calls to make, and the 20 things on that horrible To Do List.  “Can’t I just stay outside, escape, and remain hidden in that peaceful world beyond?”

There are ways to retain the peacefulness. But how? Do you need the answer for how to deal with your complicated life? Say this simple prayer: “God, please help me. I don’t know what to do.” Then think about these Bible verses:

  “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3) AND 

       “Cast all your anxiety on HIM, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

After a few more quiet moments outside, a calm will descend upon you and you will know where to begin those nagging responsibilities. Saying this simple prayer and thinking about these verses allows you to be receptive to hearing the answer to your prayer. The Lord does hear our prayers and wants to help us. We just need to talk with him more often.

 If you need prayer for direction in your life, Light of the Valley Lutheran Church is here to help, and we meet on Sunday at 9 a.m. You are also welcome to join our Bible classes: Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Also a confidential  prayer session is  held on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. We are here as a friend to help you find the Lord, and to be with you on your spiritual journey with Jesus Christ.

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A lawyer asks Jesus a question.  Sound like the beginning of a good lawyer joke,  but it is part of the gospel lesson for this Sunday.  Jesus told the lawyer that he could follow the law and the prophets by following two simple rules.  Love God, and love your neighbor.  But the lawyer asks, “So who is my neighbor?”  Jesus then proceeds to tell him a long answer in the form of a story, or what we call a parable.  Jesus tells of a man who was set upon by robbers. He was robbed and beaten and left by the side of the road for dead.  There are two people who pass by the wounded man, and they choose to ignore him and pass on by on their own way. But only one man, happens to be a Samaritan man, walks by on the road. When he sees the wounded man ,he springs into action.  First aid for his wounds, water for him to drinks, and his own mule on which to ride. Who is the neighbor in the story, Jesus asks?  

We know how to be neighbors.  We are quick to say hello.   We know how to listen to them and know how we might be of service. Neighbors are close to us, but again Jesus teaches us that all of human kind is actually our neighbor.  We feel it when we hear that the people of Ukraine are being shelled and targeted for annihilation.  They are our neighbors and we are outraged. 

Look out for each other.  I know that most of you do all the time, but just a reminder to look a bit further beyond our normal boundaries and look out for each other.     

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rev. Michael Carr


St. Francis Episcopal Church

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