September 2019

“You’re pretty light on your feet!”

That’s what I said to the farmer, at his daughter’s wedding, after he came off the dance floor. He was a good dancer though you would never have guessed it by looking at him. He looked like a typical South Dakota farmer. When he got out onto the dance floor it was like a transformation occurred.

Being light on your feet is good if you are a dancer.

It is also good if you are facing change.

Being light on your feet is the opposite of digging in your heals. It means being able to see what needs to be done and then doing it. It means seeing where you went wrong and starting to head in a different direction. It means being willing to go where the Holy Spirit guides you.

I have been amazed at how light this congregation is on its feet. I know, I know, we are the church and change sometimes happens at a glacial pace. But this congregation has absorbed a tremendous amount of change in the last 10 years. Some major, some minor. LCM survived a major split. We have adjusted our worship times. There have been staff changes almost every year. We had a building project. We are now in the midst of a transition as LAM leaves after 22 years and we gain a new tenant. And all this time, I have never once heard those famous “7 last words”: We’ve never done it that way before!

All change causes stress. You know this in your own life. Every change, from a death to a move, from finding a new doctor to buying a new vacuum cleaner, causes stress. That is why pain is often the catalyst for change, because when all is going well, we tend not to choose change. We avoid it. God sometimes uses pain to bring about change.

Is God bringing about a change in your life? Is it stressing you out? Are you digging in your heals or are you light on your feet? What are you praying for? God can use many things to bring about blessings in our lives: some we choose, some we dread. But blessings are the outcome, nonetheless. Keep praying for your church. Keep praying for me. Keep dancing.

God’s peace, Pr. Bob Albing

PS: Greif Support Group starting this fall.

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