by Anne Hansen

Have you ever had a friend whom you knew from church start a conversation with, ‘I’m sorry that I haven’t been to church for a while, but …’? I often have people begin conversations like this. I think because I am a pastor’s wife, the guilt that some people feel just seeing me can spark this response!

I hope I don’t actually put people off with my presence, as I would never want to, but I have come to realise that it is the Holy Spirit’s prompting that produces this guilt … not just me! God wants all people to have a close relationship with him, and it’s the job of the Spirit to keep prompting us into God’s presence, where we can be nourished by his word, fed through the sacraments and be blessed by growing in fellowship with fellow believers.

Whether it is a guilty feeling or not, we know that we grow closer to God when we are worshipping, reading the Bible, or sharing his love with others.

GETTING TO KNOW OUR GOD BETTER

Lutheran Tract Mission (LTM) has many resources for you to use or to share with others to help you grow in the knowledge of our God and his saving love. Recently we have produced a series of 12 ‘Growing Together as Family’ devotion tracts – these were produced especially for the ‘time-poor’ family which may only have one or two nights a week to have dinner together and share devotions. Each tract contains four weeks on one topic – about our faith: holy communion, the Apostles’ Creed, baptism, or the Lord’s Prayer, or about the church seasons: Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas and Pentecost.

Show one to your pastor or give one to a friend or family member.

RESOURCES TO HELP US GROW

There are many other LTM resources to help you grow in your faith, too. Have a look on our website and start with the ‘Christian Growth’ category. There are about 950 tracts in total but use the categories listing to help you find just what you need. Go to www.ltm.org.au

Rather than just feeling guilty about your faith life, develop a habit of growing your faith and family!

Anne Hansen is Lutheran Tract Mission Development Officer.

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