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Grace Place

August 23, 2017
By Pastor Ramthun

GRACE PLACE

            What a great place to be each and every day!!  Living under the grace of our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!  It is good to be reminded of the countless blessings that we as baptized children of our heavenly Father can enjoy each day!

            Linda and I were privileged to attend the Grace Place Wellness Retreat on Mackinac Island this past July.  These retreats have been going on for about sixteen years with the goal of keeping our church workers healthy and joyful in their ministries.  I was the chaplain/devotional leader for the week and the retreat was another good reminder of how we all, not just church workers, can find rest in God’s Words and promises and can continue to find joy in our lives and our ministries.

            The week was spent in looking at the Wholeness Wheel as being baptized children…new creatures in Christ….and how that helps us in all aspects of our lives: Spiritual wellbeing, physical wellbeing, financial wellbeing, vocational wellbeing, intellectual wellbeing, relational wellbeing, and emotional wellbeing.  Each of these areas was discussed along with their connections to the fruit of the spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  The Holy Spirit CAN and DOES help us along the trials, troubles, and tribulations of this world until we reach our home in heaven!  The devotional pattern was Martin Luther’s Oratio, Mediatio, and Tentatio model.

TENTATIO

            Satan is alive and well in our world and in our lives.  It is important to know and experience God’s Word and working in our daily lives as we struggle with the temptations and sins of living in this world.  It is not always easy.  We have crosses to bear and the challenges of life to deal with. 

ORATIO

            As we deal with the struggles of life we continually need to pray for the Holy Spirit’s presence.  The Holy Spirit CAN and DOES carry us along.  Prayer…talking to God…can be done anywhere, anytime, and in various ways.  It might be while driving and listening to Christian music that can focus our hearts and thoughts on His goodness and mercy.  Praying for God’s presence is a must to keep our focus and hope!

MEDITIATO

            Meditating on God’s Words is the place to be to enjoy His Grace and be reminded of His mercies that never end!  God’s Word is centered on Jesus Christ…..the Way, the Truth, and the Life!  Meditating/dwelling in His Word will help us enjoy life in HIS GRACE PLACE!  God’s peace!