POINTS TO PONDER
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion,says my soul,therefore I will hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
Since I am leaving Holy Trinity early this month for health reasons, I decided not to write a Points To Ponder article, but one
specifically from me. I have served Holy Trinity since its inception in September 2013, although I was not called by the congregation.
I offered my services, and you graciously accepted them. God willing, my worship services and sermons have been not only Christ-
and-Scripture oriented, but also relevant to our present times.
You have blessed me in so many ways during my 33 months with you, and I have grown to love you and appreciate our relationship.
Admittedly, the last few months have been rather “rocky” at times, with some unwanted results. Unfortunately, we have lost several
members during this time. Earlier some of our members retired or moved out-of- state. As a congregation we have not grown numerically.
For that reason I want to draw your attention to the verses above from Lamentations 3. They are all about God's faithfulness.
They remind us that no matter what happens to us, God is faithful to us, and remains our constant hope and strength.
When I look back over my life, I see God's hand. You can probably see God's hand in your life as well. I
believe that God was in some way responsible for my attending a Lutheran High School, and for drawing me into a closer
relationship with the church through the efforts of a janitor at the high school where I was teaching. Through two bouts
of dengue fever and innumerable bouts of malaria in New Guinea, back surgery, and four cancer surgeries, I am still here.
I still have a wonderful wife, great children and grandchildren, loving relatives back in Australia, and friends on three continents.
God has led me through 24 years in New Guinea, 10 years as pastor to St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode IA, and since my retirement
in 2010 has led me to serve other congregations in IA either in pulpit supply or longer periods.
So what am I trying to say? It is this. No matter what happens to us, no matter our ups and downs, no matter where we go,
God will always remain to us. God has called us into His family in Holy Baptism, has given to us saving faith, and has given
us His Holy Spirit to help us live as His redeemed and sanctified people. God never promised that we would not face occasional
difficulties, but He did promise to be with us.
As you enter this transitional period in the life of Holy Trinity, know that you do not enter alone. Remember that your Savior, Jesus Christ,
reassured you that He is with you until the end of the age.
Trust in His words. Remain faithful to Holy Scripture and the Confessions of the Church, and you will feel God there with you.
May God bless you all.
In Christian service,
Pastor Paul Breddin