As I started writing this month’s Ministry in Motion note, I found my thoughts scattered. So I turned to God, through prayer, to give me guidance. This is what came to me.

I returned to God and church in January, 2017. Since then I have learned how powerful prayer is.

Then, guided by Pastor Tobias, I really started to feel it. No, there were no loud claps of thunder, rather there was a gentle nudge to listen to the gentle breezes and whispers through which God speaks to us.

I was blessed to be nudged to attend Diakonia classes where I stumbled across the following quote from Martin Luther that I’ve found not only helpful, but impactful: 

"No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes."
― Martin Luther

Indeed, I have benefited from that teaching and have retained those words in my wallet.

So, my dear siblings in Christ, I suggest you join in with Pastor Arlene Wilhelm as she leads us through our 2023 Lenten Season Study, “Contemplative Prayer”. She will be offering this important and enlightening offering beginning Wednesday 3.01.23. You can connect with her through the Redeemer, New Paltz link you too can be blessed by the power of prayer.

You have questions, so do I, let’s talk.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Bill
Love Conquers Hate