August 2017 Letter

August Starts Anew:


By most accounts, August is considered a “transition” month. Some years, the “dog days” of August make it nearly unbearable to be outdoors and enjoy nature. The origins of this phrase come from the ancient Romans who noticed that the hottest days of the year, i.e. in late July and early August, coincided with the appearance of Sirius - the Dog Star, in the same part of the sky as the Sun. Life slows down as nature struggles to function in the hot, humid conditions found at that time of the year.


Other times, August is looked forward to in eager anticipation. Families take their “annual vacation” or “last vacation” of the summer before the children return to school. Parents eagerly wait for school to resume, when they will no longer hear, “I’m bored and there’s nothing to do!” The county fairs precede the start of the new school year in late July/early August and the Nebraska State Fair opens every year at the end of August. And August is traditionally the time for family reunions, where we gather over favorite family recipes, share stories, and view old pictures of earlier times.


There was a time when I looked forward to “back to school” shopping—buying new clothes, new tennis shoes, pens, pencils, paper, and erasers that all had that wonderful “new” smell to them. August is a month where many churches resume Sunday school, Bible studies, Midweek classes, and Confirmation classes for those students who’ve had the summer months off while school was on recess.


In August, we anticipate starting over, wiping the slate clean, and getting off to a fresh start. The same kind of personal relationship Jesus wants to have with every one of us. He wiped our slate clean when He died atop Golgotha and rose again from the grave three days later. We’ve been given a chance to start over, to live our lives in accordance to His will for us. And we get off to a fresh start again & again as His loved and redeemed children, “4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:4-6).


August Blessings!

Pastor David A. Feddern