St. Peter Lutheran Church at Walburg, Texas 2019 - All Rights Reserved
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
Last Updated: August 24, 2019
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"
I am sure that there were times when my parents wondered what would happen if they just left me alone. While at school there were numerous times when I would be late and miss the bus in the morning and yet still manage to leave things behind at school. Many was the day when my father would pack me up to go to school or pack me up to go back to school. All parents feel the desire to just throw their hands up! "Aren't we busy enough God without this child of mine, bless his heart, always slowing me down?"
In many ways fall is the real beginning of the church year. New projects, classes, and initiatives appear. We can sometimes feel like a harried parent who has to eke out a little more family time. We can feel God is intrusive. Yet, when we think for a moment, we think about how our life is made up intrusions. We can recount them. The business man who was interrupted on his way to the top (and to an early heart attack) by God's free gift of grace. The young woman who was convinced of her own mediocrity only to have God intrude and tell her how valuable she was. Day in and day out we are interrupted by God in our joy or in our struggles.
And here is the wonder of wonders: God wants you to interrupt your community and neighborhood. He wants you to pray for that waitress or mentor that kid in your neighborhood or talk to that guy over the fence whose name you didn't catch. This interrupting God wants you to join His mission.
Fall is the season of interruptions: increased workloads, homework, new business roll outs. Wouldn't it be great if our interruptions meant something bigger than just busyness? Wouldn't it be great if we interrupted someone's journey to eternity? Wouldn't it be great if we were those feet that St. Paul wrote about all those years ago; you know, the one's that bring good news? Isn't that worth interrupting someone about?