And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit. Joel 2
Do you see it? Do you see it in your child? Do you see evidence of faith in Jesus? Do you see awe in their eyes as they consider their powerful God?
Do you hear it? Do you hear it from your child? Do you hear them speak of God’s great love? Do you hear them speak truths from the scriptures?
A fictional being with superpowers? An athlete, musician or actress? Maybe a grandpa, or aunt or even you?
That is all great.
Do they have the chance to hear about ordinary, everyday people who make a difference? Regular Joes and Janes who impact people’s lives by their words, their actions, or their love?
A longtime St. Paul Lutheran Church member passed away this week. But he was no Easter, Christmas, wedding, and funeral member. He was faithful and committed and involved. Numerous folks have told me that this man was the very first to greet them when they visited St. Paul Lutheran for the first time. Others recall his genuine care for them, or his generosity, or his sense of humor, or his deep love for the Lord and the Lord’s work. They would recall his joy in life, his pride in his family, his deep love and respect for his dear wife. Others would report on his leadership in the congregation, in the community and in our Florida-Georgia District.