St John Evangelical Lutheran Church

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By the time you read this article, August 21st will have already come and gone, gifting humanity with the most beloved phenomena our sky has to offer: a total solar eclipse! The moon wedged its way between our life-giving star and us. For those who stayed in Dickinson to see the event, you watched as 85% of the Sun’s light was gobbled up by the Moon. If you were one of the millions of Americans who traveled hours to the strip of totality, you got to see two and a half minutes of humbling and awe-inspiring darkness. If you missed the event altogether, your next best shot is the year 2024, when the eclipse will travel along a path from Texas to Ohio. 


It really is amazing to think that such a natural occurrence made such a ruckus. Stores across America sold out of those special paper glasses. Roads and highways were completely shutdown with traffic. Millions of hours of production were wasted as people just stared up at the sky. All of this, just to watch as a yellow circle became less of a yellow circle!


But it was more than that, wasn’t it? It was more than a natural occurrence of orbital mechanics. It was one of those moments in life that totally captivated our sense of wonder. It was one of those moments when we felt so very small. 


In a moment, the source of all heat, light, energy, and life, disappeared and we could do nothing to stop it. We all looked up in wonder, knowing that life is so much bigger than we will ever grasp. We were reminded that we are, in fact, not the center of the universe and boy did it feel good! 


I believe human beings need that sense of wonder to thrive. The Bible is filled to the brim with people who were constantly humbled by the greatness of God’s works. Paul tells us that wonder is part of being a Christian, “Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and steward of God’s mysteries.” (1 Cor 4:1) When we steward God’s mysteries, we have the power to remind this world there is something bigger than our fights, our fears, and our hatred. We are part of a much bigger, much more beautiful picture!


September is back and that means for most families, so too are busy schedules packed with school, sports, church, clubs, scouts, music, dance and more. September is back and once again it is easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day routines of life, that we begin to neglect that very important part of who we are: spiritual creatures with a need for wonder.


I hope you don’t wait until 2024 to bask in the awe-inspiring wonders of God’s mysteries. After all, you don’t need a total solar eclipse to remind you there is more to life than your worries and fears. Go for a hike. Lay in a hammock. Read the Bible. And, heck, even five minutes spent in silence in your backyard listening for God can do the trick. 


by Joe Natwick, Associate Pastor


Summer Day Camp Monday, Aug 8 - All Day
Boy Scouts Monday, Aug 8 @ 6:30 PM
Summer Day Camp Monday, Aug 8 - All Day
Quilters Tuesday, Aug 9 @ 8:30 AM
Staff Meeting Tuesday, Aug 9 @ 1:30 PM

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St John Lutheran Church
146 6th AVE W
Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: (701) 225-6747
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