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When Your Vision Changes

Dear Friends,

Several years ago, I reached a stage of life where I could not order in a restaurant without reading glasses and sometimes even the flashlight on my phone!  The strange thing is that it doesn't seem that long ago that I was a teenager teasing my father about this very thing (Although he did not have the luxury of a phone or a flashlight - which is why he did not like restaurants that were darkened for ambience!)  This kind of humbling experience caused me to not only look at my menu differently but at my father differently as well.

We all have experiences in life that change our perspective, our questions and concerns, and our faith.  Paul, a persecutor of Christians, was blinded by a light on the road to Damascus and delivered into the hands of his "enemies," that is followers of Jesus.  He would not only regain his sight but also his vision as so much of what he believed before had been radically changed.  

During this season of Lent, we will hear many stories of people whose encounters with Christ resulted in them looking at life from a very different and often deeper perspective.  It is my hope and prayer that in the midst of the changes and challenges of life that you find your faith evolving as well.  We will also continue to strive here at St. Andrew's to create safe places to ask questions, express doubts, lament loss, and give thanks for Christ who journeys with us every step of the way.  

You may think about your family, your friends, and your faith in very different ways than you did years ago.  But Christ continues to dwell in your heart.  May you see that, believe that, trust that, and give thanks.  See you in church!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Mueller

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