Articles by Rev. Steve Kramer
When I was a child living in North Dakota, we would sometimes take short family trips to visit relatives. My elderly aunt, Grace, lived in Killdeer, and we visited her one Sunday. While the adults sat around and visited, my little sister and I grew bored. So after a while I asked for permission to play outside. Aunt Grace told us of a playground, a few blocks away, that was easy to find, and so off we went to play.
When I was told that the theme for this newsletter is VISION, a hymn popped into my head. “Be Thou My Vision” is one of my favorites. As you examine the lyrics closely, you will discover that it is actually a prayer. The request is for God’s vision, presence, and wisdom to be at work in our lives. What an appropriate prayer request!
The word surrender is often times thought of in a negative sense. For instance, on the field of battle a soldier does not want to surrender to the enemy. Surrender sometimes carries with it the connotation of weakness and shame. In the dictionary it is defined as an act of “handing over, relinquishing, abandoning, or giving up.”