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Lonely but never Alone

Pastor Kogler
Frederick A. Kogler

Lonely but Never Alone!

Sometimes we just want to be alone. I know that there are times when I prefer more than anything else to be able to go into my wood shop and make something. I don’t want or need anyone to be there with me. I’m at peace and it gives me time to think.

Lonely at one time or another

Other times I feel very lonely. I become anxious, and a fearful wave of uncertainty comes over me. I feel empty, disinterested, and have no desire to do anything. This feeling can come over me even when I am in the middle of a group of people. It seems that this is true for many people. Over the years of pastoral counseling I have had folks come to me just to have a chat. At times they express their fears. Sometimes they have come to express their loneliness and their desire for some companionship and a chance to visit or share ideas.

God answers our need

It’s then that the Spirit of God reminds me that in my loneliness, in our loneliness, that in a very real sense we are never alone. Deut. 31:6; “ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Oh, how good and gracious The Almighty Lord is to us.

How to help others in their loneliness.

A few years back I had a fellow who would regularly, the same day of week, same time of the day, unannounced, stop by my office for a chit chat. I saw his need and recognized the pattern. This prompted me to call a couple of his peers who were struggling in the same way. I suggested that we get together for coffee at the local bagel shop. Three guys came and the four of us had a good time swapping stories, slurping coffee and talking about everything. I offered to close our gathering with a prayer. It was good for all of us! (for more info drop me a line FREDERICKKOGLER@gmail.com
You can do it, too!

The original threesome has grown to a baker’s dozen! Some have invited friends along, others have added a donut to their morning klatsch, one guy is the coupon gatherer for the group. When one of the fellows took sick and landed in a local nursing home they prayed for him, then the whole group moved their meeting place (they had moved the local market deli) to his residence. When The Lord called him home, the “boys”, as I call them, returned to the local market/deli where they meet weekly, to this day, slurping their coffee, sharing their faith in Jesus and planning how to encourage others.

They are never alone, nor are any of us!



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Senior Faces reflect God’s graces!

Pastor Kogler
Frederick A. Kogler

Senior changes

What’s next for you? That’s a question often asked by individuals who have redirected their lives from lifelong careers to completely different life filling activities. This is true for both men and women who are called “seniors.”

Who are seniors? The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014.

That will certainly bring changes to the fabric of our American society. One of those changes will include how to deal with the uncertainties of the days ahead. May we be comforted by the Lord as he speaks to that very matter: the uncertainty of the future.

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah 46:4 we hear God’s promise:
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

That verse expresses the great love and mercy of God which he promises and gives. We teach the children to know about the undeserved love of God which we call grace. We speak of the “Means of Grace”, The Gospel in the Word and sacraments. To be sure as we age, God is with us; as we hear the word our faith strengthened; as we remember our baptism and receive The Lord’s Supper the Lord is really present with us on our journey. Be at peace the Lord will continue to carry you. Please share your comments: FREDERICKKOGLER@gmail.com



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Product, Process, and Purpose

Pastor Kogler
Frederick A. Kogler

Product

When describing myself and the product that I offer to others, I have to explain that my stock in trade is commonly known as organized religion. Over the past few months I have been trying to get a handle on the current state of organized religion in America. One of the things that has come to my attention in this regard is the widespread willingness for people to speak openly about what they believe.

Process

My process is not unique, nor is it very scientific at this point. That, however, may soon change as I continue the course I have chosen to follow in the time of redirection. I have talked to men and women, young and old, married, single, students, single parents, laborers and highly skilled professionals, those who declare a denominational tie and those who eschew membership in any church at all. In addition to personal interviews and discussions, I publicly proclaim my biblical Lutheran Christian point of view and listen carefully to the feed back that comes my way after delivering a sermon or writing an article in our church’s newsletter.

All the time, including here and now I ask for feedback and listen carefully to what is offered. I am conscious of how, like so many others, I am inclined to hear what I want and chose to ignore all the rest. But, believe me when I say that, I try real hard to hear and understand what others have to say and what they claim to believe.

That means that if you read this and want to respond you may simply send my you perspective to Frederickkogler@gmail.com

Purpose
My purpose is gather more authentic data about religion and human spirituality than what I’m being exposed to in our present era. There will be no personal quotes, references, or debates in this process. If you feel, however, there is a similarity between what you have written and what I may post it will be purely coincidental.



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