By Nathan Timm

??????????I have been a part of the St. Luke family for about five years.  My wife Sara and I started attending ULC shortly after we moved to the area. We moved to the St. Luke site about two years ago.  During this time, God has not only grown us spiritually, but also as a family.  We have been blessed with two wonderful boys, Carter and Isaac.

Three years ago I decided that God was leading me back to school to finish my bachelor’s degree.  I am currently in my final semester at Liberty University for a degree in psychology with a specialization in Christian counseling.  I also will be completing an internship at St. Luke that will last January through May.

My wife and I have been praying about what God has planned for our next steps, and believe that it is for me to continue school for either a master’s in counseling or to attend the Lutheran seminary.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn and grow while serving as an intern the next few months.

During the time that I have been at St. Luke, my life has changed dramatically. It has been exciting and a little scary to see God work in my family’s life, and even turn my mistakes into praises for Him. I often think of a song that I first heard Victor play at ULC, called “Beautiful Things.”

It has been exciting and a little scary to see God work in my family’s life, and even turn my mistakes into praises for Him.

I believe the song was originally sung by a group called Gungor, but to me it will always first be a ULC song.  The song has helped me see not only myself but the church a little differently.  The song starts out, “All this pain, I wonder if I’ll ever find my way, I wonder if my life could really change at all.  All this earth, could all that is lost ever be found, could a garden come up from this ground at all?”

“All this pain, I wonder if I’ll ever find my way, I wonder if my life could really change at all.”

These words struck home with me and where I was in my life at that point, but the good news is that their impact does not end there. The lyrics continue, “All around hope is springing up from this old ground, out of chaos life is being found in You.”  This helps me remember that God continues to make us new and beautiful no matter what we have done, or what we think we can produce.

“All around hope is springing up from this old ground, out of chaos life is being found in You.”

My wife and I chose to make St. Luke our home because of the beautiful work God is doing at our church, and we are excited to see all that God will produce.