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On The Road Again PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 15:45

Hello my friends. I haven't been blogging because I've been finishing the book. Perhaps it's my 54-year-old brain which keeps me from being able to write two different things at once - I guess that says good a reason as any. I enjoy writing this blog and hope to be in regular communication with you through it now that the book is safely in the hands of my editors

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Since I've been away from the blog I have had some really spectacular experiences. One, was a trip to Minnesota to be with the young people of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove. It is always fun for me to travel to the ‘Lutheran Homeland' and see big churches in action. On the Sunday that I was there, 176 fifth-graders took their first communion. My home parish doesn't even worship 176 people on any given Sunday! It is just awesome to see that many children and families in worship. That evening I spoke with their C3 group. These are folks in the process of preparing to affirm their faith. I was invited to be a part of Sunday Night Festival. This meant that I could share time with Peder Eide, one of my favorite Christian musicians.

 

It never ceases to amaze me how God is able to use the story of a 54-year-old amputee to speak powerfully to middle school aged folks. The story of God's grace and the power of knowing that Jesus walks with us through all life's challenges transcends age. Their interest and enthusiasm was refreshing. If we could somehow bottled their energy I would sign up for cases at a time.

 

img2Peder saying his beautiful song "Be Like You" which always moves me. The song is a prayerful plea to our Lord to help us live a Christ-like life. Peder's lyrics are so moving and include this, perhaps my favorite line: ‘...to be a friend with compassion, a servant with passion...'. The young people in our audience are generally unable to articulate their life plan at this age. Rightly so. And yet, Peter through song and I threw the sharing of my story hoped to reinforce the faith basics of our lives. Compassion/love and passionate service to God enable us to live a joyful and complete life.

 

Hey, do me a favor, and check out Peder's website: www.pedereide.com . His music is wonderful and his love of Jesus is powerful. By a CD while you're at it.

 

Until next time,

Paula

Still Gimpy By Grace - and - Well in the Lord.

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