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“Set your minds on things that are above and not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”  Colossians 3:2-3

The time of lent is a wonderful time because it is a reminder to redirect ourselves towards Christ, to reflect upon his acts and sufferings.  Traditionally, people have chosen to fast or give up certain pleasures in order to discipline their body in remembrance of their savior.  Every time they are hungry, every time they crave what they are giving up is a reminder that they need a savior. It is a reminder to pause, pray, and meditate on their Lord and the works he freely did for them.

The cares of this world can quickly dominate and overtake us.  They may appear to be more important than spiritual things because they are right in front of us today, but these things are only here to prepare us for the life to come.  One day all of this will be burned away, and only the things that matter will last.  Godly things.  When we are focused on earthly things, things often do not work out.  When we are focused on Godly things, God is able to provide all things for us.  When we are focused on Godly things, we have hope even when earthly things are falling away.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them…..Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

No matter what trouble occurs, we should remember that we have new life.  “Our life is now hidden with Christ in God.”  We live for Christ.  Christ is the one living in you, and you have the certain hope that when Christ, “who is your life”, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. So “set your minds on things that are above”.  Set your minds on Christ the savior who desires all life to know the great gift he gave to you. 

Vicar Dwight Wyeth

What is a Vicar?

You might be asking, “What is a Vicar?”  For the preparation of future pastors, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod seminary training is a four year, post-graduate (after college) program.  The first two years are spent in the classroom (at either Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, or Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana).  The third year is a year-long internship, called a “Vicarage,” with a congregation.  Among the many things a Vicar does:  preaching and teaching; hospital and shut in calls; attending meetings; basically, getting to know the pastoral ministry in as well-rounded a way as possible.  The fourth year of training is back at the seminary before the student is graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.  Please keep our Vicar in your prayers this year as he prepares to serve Christ’s Church as a pastor.

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