King’s Camp continues to go well. We had 32 kids this week! Today they go to Rebounders (the trampoline place).
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. God has revealed himself to us in the Bible as Father, Son and Holy Spirit—one God. We admit that this is a mystery. Yet, to say anything different is to have a false god, an idol.
Remember that the Wednesday evening service has been modified to a Bible study format for the summer. Everyone is invited to attend.
Saturday, June 17th @ 6:30 pm, is our next Dinner Around Town. We’re going to the 4th Street Grill in Lake Mary. A sign-up list is posted in the church entry.
Pastor will be on vacation this next week. If you need to get ahold of him, you can reach him on his cell phone or call the church office.
Finally, we have secured the Regal Cinema in Winter Park for a special showing of the Luther movie: Martin Luther, A Return to Grace. The date is Thursday, July 13th. The cost is $12. You sign up online here. We need 89 people to attend for this to happen. We are inviting all WELS congregations, all Lutheran congregations and anyone else who would like to attend. If we do not get the 89 by July 5, all moneys will be refunded.
Now, here is today’s devotion:
Willing to Say Goodbye
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10
Brian Birdwell was a lifelong Christian. He was an army veteran. On September 11, 2001, he was serving as a military aide at the Pentagon. On that day, Brian Birdwell received a profound insight about God’s definition of love for him.
He was just walking out of the restroom when the plane hit. In an instant he was on fire. Somehow he stumbled out. Colleagues found him and carried him to the nearest available triage unit. As they did, he screamed in pain.
Later, he found himself at a nearby hospital. His prognosis was grim. He realized how dark his chances were when someone suggested that his young son come into the room so that he could tell his son goodbye.
Birdwell later said, “In 20 years of military service, the hardest thing I’ve ever been asked to do is say goodbye to my son.
“[But] as hard as that was,” Birdwell went on to say, “I [now] think about how difficult it must have been for God the Father to say goodbye to his Son.”
At the cross, God did the unimaginable. He said goodbye to his Son. He sacrificed the Son he loved to wash away your sins and mine. And because he did, he will never have to say goodbye to us.
Brian Birdwell survived. He lives today with a deeper understanding of what God’s love for us in Jesus really means. By his grace, we can do that too.
Heavenly Father, for me you sent your Son. For me you sacrificed him on the cross. For me you raised him from the dead. Now there are no goodbyes between us. Move me to grow in my grasp of your love for me. Amen.