St. Timothy Lutheran Church

I hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Mine was, but not in the

way I had planned. A couple of days before, I took a step, my foot rolled

over and I heard a crack. After x-rays, the long and short of it is that a

ligament tore away a piece of bone in my foot. So, for at least the next

month you will see me in a boot, with crutches. Thankfully, my daughter

and her family had already planned to come for Thanksgiving and she

expected to cook. It was a wonderful gathering with great food.

It always seems more stressful when something happens to us around the

holidays. How do we manage? Do we just soldier on and try to do

everything on our own? Can we refrain from saying “yes” to every

activity society would demand of us? Let us take advantage of the

message of Advent to slow down and resist the siren song of our society

of consumerism. Take time for self-care, especially if you’re feeling

under the weather. Ask for help when you need it.

Just as we experience greater darkness outside at this time of year, the

inner sadness and darkness can overwhelm us. Advent is a time of

waiting for the in-breaking and action of the kingdom of God. We

remember God becoming one of us as our Redeemer in Christ.

Secondly, we look to Christ’s return as the glorious reigning king. As we

hear the witness of scripture, “Surely I am coming soon;” we cry out,

“Amen. ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’” (Rev. 22:20).

In the midst of the darkness, I am reminded of hymn #715 in the ELW,

“Christ, Be Our Light.” There is such a sense of longing expressed in its

verses, with the final verse declaring the hope and fulfillment of that

longing: “Let us be servants to one another, signs of your kingdom

come.” Here is a link to the song on YouTube:

In this season of Advent, let us be nurtured with the mindfulness of

God’s presence as we go through our daily tasks. Look for God in

unexpected places as He lights your way. Soon it will be Christmas, but

do not rush into it.

From all of us at St. Timothy, may you have a merry Christmas as we

celebrate God entering our world.

God’s peace,

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

December 2017

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