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The Lutheran Witness — April 2015 

“Daily tasks keep popping up in life. You can sit down at your desk and reply to every email and get all caught up. By the time you return to your desk with your cup of coffee, there’s another email.”

That, according to this issue’s “Whac-A-Mole!” co-authors Rose Adle and Rebekah Curtis, is how we tend to think life goes. But Jesus died and rose from the dead that we might have life and have it abundantly! That’s why, this Easter, we’re zooming in on vocation, on the ways in which God uses us to care for those people He’s put us close to.

In “Christ Works through You” by the Rev. James DeLoach, we learn that God places us in specific callings at home, in society and in church, while “What Is God’s Will for My Life?” by the Rev. Peter Lange outlines how God’s Word informs our daily living. “Who Is My Neighbor?” by the Rev. Heath Curtis explains how the parable of the Good Samaritan has meaning for us still today, while the Rev. Gary Schultz’s “Perfect in Weakness” answers some key questions about our holy callings, not the least of which focuses on how to find joy in vocations that sometimes leave us frustrated.

The Rev. Andrew Packer helps us find our vocational place in “The Table of Duties,” even as “Called to Faith and Family” by the Rev. Benjamin Hertel offers comfort for us when we don’t feel like we’ve lived up to our callings in this life. Emily Olson’s “Who Are You?” gives encouragement for families looking for tangible examples of serving one another in the home, and Kaitlin Jandereski’s “Dream or Vocation: The Great Divide” reminds our young adults that, even if they don’t know what they want to be when they leave home, Jesus has a plan and purpose for them right now!

Our vocations may not always be as flashy as we might hope. We will inevitably fail in fulfiling them. Our email inboxes will always be full. But God’s work in caring for our neighbor is holy despite us. “So if you feel like you’re chasing your tail,” Rose and Rebekah remind us, “that’s to be expected. You’re alive.”

And better still? Jesus is. Jesus lives. And because He does, we do too, and that changes everything.

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Adriane Heins, Managing Editor

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