Vacationing from the Word?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We have now entered the month of June and many, many people are feeling a lot more comfortable with the idea that the pandemic is in the rearview mirror and are also a lot more comfortable with the idea of getting out of town for some vacation traveling.

Jesus Himself would take the disciples in to remote places to find some time to rest and devote some time to commune with God in prayer. So as I strongly encourage everyone to take that time for rest and for prayer, don’t take the time for vacation travel and recreation while leaving your relationship with God back home like a dust covered Bible.

What I mean is this: When you make your travel plans, please also make some plans to worship in a church where you are vacationing. Trust me when I say this, not only could you meet some wonderful fellow Lutherans, but you could be very blessed in the process also.

When Mary and I traveled to Hawaii a year ago, we also enjoyed a wonderful experience worshipping in an LCMS church on the island of Oahu, while meeting some friendly and gracious Lutherans in the process.

So once you have made you plans, go on the internet to This is the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod website. On the front page in the upper right corner, you will find a Locators tab. Once you click on it, you will be able to search for Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod congregations in the area where you are vacationing. Maps and service time information will be included in the listings.

Also, please remember that you can always have a Bible on your phone and also have access to some excellent daily devotions at This is the Lutheran Hour Ministries website.

God is with you wherever you go, so please take a little time to listen to Him with you are traveling away from home. It will make your trip even more restful and refreshing.

Jesus lived, suffered, died and rose again for you, so let us all live and walk with Him wherever we are.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Paul Pett

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