New Month/No Theme

Well readers, another month has passed — it’s December already! This month there will be no theme, but for many people, one particular theme will be on their mind — Christmas. As Lutherans, however, we know that “Hello – It Is Not Christmas Yet”. It’s Advent. We’re in a season of waiting, not celebrating. That puts us at odds with much of our culture This month is a time of stress for many.

Have I purchased all the presents I need? Have I completed my decorating? My baking? Are all the Christmas parties scheduled and planned? We’ve turned what’s meant to be a time of peaceful anticipation into a whirlwind of activity. When we do this, we’re worshipping the gifts, instead of the Gift Giver.

I’m as prone to give into this as everybody else, but this year I’m going to try to focus on the essentials. Christ is coming! He has given us the best gift ever — salvation. It doesn’t matter how many other gifts I get, how many get togethers I attend, or whether people enjoy my pumpkin bread. What matters is the God who came down to us when we were unable to reach Him.

Give thanks. Don’t stress. The heavy lifting is already done.

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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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