September to Remember

Shining God’s Light in New Ways

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

Pastor Mark during a livestreamed devotion

Two men have been “shining lights” to me this past year and I am privileged to share how their service reflected God’s love. Pastor Mark and Pastor Tim serve Mountain View Lutheran in Apache Junction, Arizona. Both are admired for the warm, personal relationships they develop with parishioners. However, when COVID arrived, they needed to find new ways of letting God’s light shine through their service.

They offered Sunday school via Zoom, and a lot of in-depth learning took place over this new platform!

They utilized Facebook to share daily Gospel devotions. Pastor Mark is an early riser; his message was available on my phone in the morning. Pastor Tim delivered his devotion live each afternoon. Twice a day I was given an opportunity to grow in the Lord!

Now that we are worshiping in the sanctuary again, we look back with grateful hearts on the extent to which our pastors were willing to continue “shining the light of Jesus’ love!”

Karen Morrison