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By Pastor Tom Volker, Founders Ridge
In the 1980s my grandfather, Walter Lubben, retired from being a pig farmer. Farming and family take up a lot of time and energy, so when he retired, we all wondered what Grandpa Lubben would do. To our surprise, we noticed very nice pencil drawings appear around his house. When we asked who drew them, with a smile he proudly told us, “I did.” We would give him requests for our birthdays, and he would give us the gift of one of his drawings. My grandpa even entered a drawing in the county fair and won a ribbon for it. It was a pleasant surprise for our family that Grandpa Lubben had artistic talent which gave him and us so much joy.
I am reminded of the story of Moses who was called into service by the Lord in his 80s. After 40 years of being a shepherd, he was called to lead God’s people out of slavery, guide them safely through the wilderness into the promised land and teach them what it meant to be the chosen nation. Clearly God wasn’t done with Moses just because he was in the later years of his life.
Jesus once reminded His disciples that all things are possible with God (see Matthew 19:26). One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Revelation 21:5, in which the Lord reminds us from His throne that “… I make all things new.” Jesus has the power to recreate us. He gives us purpose and meaning, no matter our age.
About seven years ago, I visited a home-bound member of the church I was serving at the time. I noticed some art on the walls of her home. At first, I assumed that some family member had lovingly painted the artwork to brighten up her space. I should have known better. When I asked the woman, “Who painted these pictures?” she smiled and proudly said, “I did.” For me, this was an example of the living, creative Spirit of God working in her life, just as in the life of my grandfather and the life of Moses. God continually reminds us that our lives are not over, and that there is much ahead to look forward to, including beauty and artistic expression.
Pastor Tom Volker has served at Founders Ridge as campus pastor since March of 2022. It has been only a month, but he absolutely loves the team and residents that he gets to be around by the grace of God. Tom served for 23 years as a parish pastor in different capacities at five different congregations in three different states. He and his amazing wife Verna have four children - three boys and a girl - and reside in South Minneapolis. When not at Founders Ridge, Tom is transporting children, reading, enjoying a movie at the theater, cooking or just trying to be grateful for the adventure that this God has placed him on. (Did that sound too preachy? Sorry, old habit.)
The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.
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