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Pastor column: God is good in all season

By Pastor Todd Stocker, Trinity Lutheran Church

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." Galatians 6:9

Last week, I spoke for the Senior Adult ministry conference from the church's oversight body. The topic of the conference was, "Passing the Pearls of Wisdom to the Next Generation." For me, it was a fascinating topic because while I was a dad and felt I did a pretty good job of passing wisdom on to my kids, how can I help senior adults to pass wisdom and truth on to the next generation?

This group numbering 170 were a delightful, mission-minded, and Jesus-loving assembly of elders. I spent the two days teaching them about the next generations—Baby Boomers, Millenials, and Gen Z's. They were fascinated by the different attitudes and values that the following generations embraced.

I was amazed at their faith. Most saw World Wars and the horrors of global skirmishes. Many lost children to diseases that are treatable today. A few were crippled to the point of hardly being able to walk yet here they were—trying to make the world a better place. And while the topic seemed complicated, our time boiled down to one message that every generation needed to hear, "God is good in all seasons of life and He loves us through Jesus."

We all transition through seasons of life. Sometimes, life can be warm and pleasing—like the summer we are beginning to experience now. Other times, life can seem cold and difficult—like the winter months that blanketed our part of the globe a few short weeks ago.

Even churches go through seasons. For us, we are transitioning several key leadership people into and out of different ministries.

Our ministries prepare and plan during the summer months for the upcoming fall and our leadership teams continue the work of moving our church forward in our mission by helping create a powerful kingdom mindset and culture of reaching people for Jesus.

Sometimes, life can seem overwhelming. You may be feeling that right now with a job transition, a family crisis, or a health derailment. Yet through it all, you are not alone. Not only do you have the love and support of the Hudson community of faith, you have a God who is good in all season of life and He loves you through Jesus.