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 unto you from our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen 

“Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” – Exodus 20:11 

Back in 1983, a movie entitled, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, was released. This satire style movie centered around the yearly traditional family summer ritual called “Vacation”. The Griswold family’s summer quest was to drive across the United States to a famous theme park “Wally World”. The humor in the movie is that like most planned vacations, they never go as planned. 

Summer is upon us as we enjoy June and July. With the arrival of warmer weather comes our plans to enjoy our family with special planned vacations. We may travel to the east or west coast to enjoy Disney’s theme parks. We may travel to the hill country to enjoy Fredericksburg or the Frio River. Our family vacation could be in the great state of Texas or out of state. We will need pack appropriate cloths, personal items, electronics, and of course the Bible. 

Vacation serves under the banner of God’s Third Commandment – “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8)”. Later verses remind us, God sets the important example of rest. After creating, all that we see and experience, God rested! God took a break! Resting offers the mind, body, and soul a moment to replenish one’s energy. The Sabbath enabled God’s people to rest from hard labor through building up their relationships with God, God’s people, and their family. 

Vacation is a yearly Sabbath! It serves to enable us to get away from our work for a week or two. We may go to a place to spend time with our spouse and our children. Later in years, as the children are off into the world with their family, our vacation may be spent with them. Vacations are holy sacred moments set aside for special people in our lives. It is a special holy sacred moment set aside for our relationship with God. 

We should never allow our vacations to serve as a vacation from God. Our Loving Father seeks to be in a continued relationship with us even on the rollercoaster at Disney World or on the inner tube as we float down the Frio River. We should open the Bible daily on vacation. In reading from the Psalm, our God speaks to us! And setting aside Sunday morning to attend God’s home to worship invites the Lord to be part of our vacation Sabbath, and to build our relationship with our Savior. Attending a church in Florida or the Hill Country affirms and strengthens our God relationship. 

Enjoy your summer, your vacation, and your relationship with the Lord! 

God’s blessing be with you. 

Pastor Norm 

Pastor Norms' Thoughts
June & July 2019