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.

Grace and peace be with you from our Savior, Jesus Christ:

“11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! 12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered,” —- 1 Chronicles 16:11-12.

2019 begins! Yes, 365 days have passed! 2018 is in the record books! We are one year older and I pray that we are wiser!

Was 2018 everything you wanted it to be? Did you lay out goals for that year, and did you meet these goals? Personally, yes 2018 was filled with goals that I set. Unfortunately, not all of these goals were achieved. Life happened and things happened. Distractions set in and my focus turned to other responsibilities. We can all say, “I have been there” and “I know exactly what you are talking about!”

The author of 1 and 2 Chronicles most likely was a Levite, a priest, who was given the task by God to scribe these two historical books. He offers to us important life centering wisdom — Seek God! We are to seek God in everything! We should seek God no matter where “Life happens”! At school, seek God! In our marriage relationships, seek God! Through the friction of life, seek God!  

Jean S. Pigott once shared, “Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art”. The Psalmist records God words, “Be still and know that I am God”. God is with us! We do not experience 2019 by ourselves! Our God walks with us and dwells in us as the Holy Spirit! Our God whispers spiritual guidance through His Holy Scripture! We encounter our God through the presence of Christ Jesus in the sacrament of Holy Communion. God is the central factor in our life for He brings to us strength, stability, and hope!  

My prayer for us in 2019 is that we pause “When Life Happens” and center our heart, mind, and soul in the Lord - seek his presence continually!

Happy New Year
Pastor Norm
Pastor Norms' Thoughts
January 2019