Rev. Norman Sulaica, Jr. grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH.
Pastor Norm, his wife, Laura, and their four children joined the Our Savior Family in 2003.
Happy New Year…2020!
In my youth, 2020 indicated very good eye vision. You would travel to the eye doctor. He or she would run a battery of test. We all have experienced the close-your-right-or-left-eye-and-read-line-four test. The doctor notes your vision accuracy. And of course, you would be informed of your vision. The hope or goal would be 2020 vision.
The new year is 2020 and connecting this new with vision seems good and right to do! Good and right especially in our spiritually and relationally in connection with God! Yes, we will set our new year resolutions to mind, heart, paper, or electric devices! Is God at the top of your list?
Ecclesiastes invites us to “guard” our steps in our walk of faith with Jesus! The inference is clear – our world is filled traps, snares, and false paths which move us away from God. We live in an obvious culture that publicly rejects God. The framers of the constitution, the leaders of the American Revolution, clearly believed in God. Their fears were government intrusion on citizens and the church. Today, we hear about separation of church and state from the position that the church or citizens who believe in God cannot intrude on or in the government. There are those among us who argue two genders and false. They believe there are many genders! Churches are easily led amiss in their understanding of scripture. For some, the Bible is no longer God’s Word, but is now God’s suggestion!
Even as we journey into the sanctuary for worship, these traps, snares, and false paths come with us intentionally or unintentionally. Our spiritual vision in God could be misguided by those who influence us – politicians, professors, singers, actors, etc… The list could be fairly wide-ranging.
Ecclesiastes guides us, saying, “To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil”. To have that clear spiritual vision in Christ Jesus our primary source to guide us, should be God. The Bible, scripture, is holy! It is God’s voice speaking to us offering guidance, counsel, hope, and salvation! Through forty inspired writers God speaks to us on topics from daily living to daily faith! Likewise, our worship experience each week gifts us to be in the presence of the God. For God’s presence is in the sanctuary, but most importantly in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Through weekly worship, God engages us through the liturgy that is composed of scriptural passages. We are directly connected with God through the biblical readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament Letters, and the Gospels. The Sermon serves to open our soul to listen to God talking to us! Ecclesiastes invites us to come to the Lord and be open to be focused solely on Him.
Maybe our new resolutions should begin: “I am resolved to draw near to God in worship, scriptural reading, and in building faith-based relations with my brothers and sisters in Christ!”
God Bless You,