Read the October 2017 Article from Concordia Center for the Family.


Recently, one of the Board members for the Concordia Center for the Family was telling a story about a young woman from his congregation. He said that she was in the restroom at McDonalds, and accidently dropped her phone. As the laws of nature would have it, it fell into the toilet! Now at this point in the story, my mind was racing....imagining what she might have been thinking. 'My parents are going to kill me! Yuck, I've got to retrieve it, but how do I go about that without grossing myself out! Oh my, can you dry out a cell phone?!'

Before she could react quickly enough, the automatic flusher kicked into gear and swished the phone down the drain. Now I can REALLY imagine what she may have been thinking at this point – 'my parents are REALLY going to kill me now!' I just rolled my eyes at this point and groaned. Poor kid – but you could see how it could so easily and QUICKLY happen.

This summer, a few weeks after I had knee replacement surgery, we took our family on vacation to the upper peninsula of Michigan to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. We had a fun-filled, relaxing time. The day before we were to leave though, I had a stupendous fall. I stepped out on the multilevel porch/deck and proceeded to talk to my husband as he was coming up the steps around the corner of the house. Not paying enough attention to what I was doing, I missed the step to the second level platform. It just happened! I still relive the falling, falling and hitting the corner of the garage with my upper body full on. Then I was catapulted down to the next level landing squarely on both of my knees and then flat on my face. Yes – that included my new replaced knee. It just happened so QUICKLY – no time to think or react.

I've been contemplating lately, how things can so suddenly happen in life – especially the past months, with all the natural disasters that have caught people unaware, no time to think, events just taking place QUICKLY. Nothing in life prepares us for these things. But, what if our life is taken away from us here on earth by one of those incidents. I've been deliberating about the things are that I need to do now – just in case. I guess the overwhelming cry that reverberates in my head is that nephew, or that husband of the niece, or that hairdresser that I've been meaning to share my faith with. Meaning to – getting the courage, finding the right words, putting it off, afraid of failure or rejection. But.....what if something happens to me or them QUICKLY, NOW, and I don't have a tomorrow to do the things I was planning on tackling someday.

The Reverend Dr. Pat Ferry, President of Concordia University, Mequon/Ann Arbor gave the sermon address at the Reformation Service to thousands of participants in Lansing, Michigan this past weekend. He said that "Here I Stand" is significant, but, we need to just "GO"!

I believe that God calls the qualified to take a stand, but at the same time, he qualifies those He calls. Think of Samuel. Was he qualified as a young child? Or did God give him the right words and spirit to qualify him?

God has qualified us to take a stand to go! Go to that one person who you know doesn't know Christ in which you have been pondering over. Make your witness a NOW, because you never know what may take place next. JUST GO, qualified in the Spirit!

Will You Come and Follow Me v. 1 & 4 Text by John L. Bell & Graham Maule, 1987
"Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown; will you let my name be known;
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?"

"Will you love the 'you' you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found to re-shape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?"

Jennifer Freudenburg
Project Manager for the
Concordia Center for the Family