God is Good, Even in Badlands


I am looking forward to the opportunity this week of traveling to the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota with a group of eighteen others from St. James. Together we will discover the beauty, brittle, and sometimes brutal nature of creation. Our group is diverse and consists of three different generations. Nine are high school youth (with three recently confirmed), two are college students, and eight are adults.

For the purpose of the trip, I have put together a daily devotional, which we will use at our morning campfire. I am sharing this with anyone who is interested. Also, it is my intention (if the internet works) to share daily photos and a Travel blog throughout the week. These will all be posted on my website: Lightfromthishill.com. You may also access it through the home page of St. James Lutheran’s website. You can also sign up to receive a free daily email with links to all three of these resources.

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For fun, I am running a contest - What is the Bison thinking? Fill out the thought bubble of the picture by noon on Thursday, July 19 to enter the contest. You can submit multiple responses. The Badlands Travel group will vote on the funniest one at their closing campfire. Winner will receive a prize purchased at Wall Drug store. You can enter the contest through the Badlands page or the home page of St. James website.

Whenever I travel with a group, I ask that those who remain at home keep us in their prayers. Please pray for safe travel and that God might bless all those who travel with new perspectives, understandings, and growth in faith.

Although I will miss Wednesday night’s campfire worship and my Thursday morning Bible Studies this week, I will return for worship on Sunday, July 22. While I am gone, Pastor Nancy will be covering worship leadership and pastoral care along with our pastoral care team. Should you need any help, don’t hesitate to call the Church Office.

Blessing on your week and I will see you in worship.

In Christ’s Light,

Pastor Walt

P.S. Here are the links to the Badlands Travel page and to Sign Up for the Daily Emails