Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for December 2019
Advent is the season of preparation for the birth of the Christ child. Preparation can be a discipline in itself or can be a means of looking forward to something else. We can either wash the dishes hurriedly in order to get to something much more interesting. Or, we can be mindful of just doing dishes for their own sake. The latter way of doing dishes is usually not the route I go, but according to Buddhist tradition, the journey is itself the ends ... if that makes sense.
We prepare for the coming of the baby Jesus. We prepare for Godís self being poured into the human child. We prepare for something new and meaningful. We prepare as a community of faith for something beyond ourselves that gives us purpose. We prepare ourselves for the hope that God brings through Jesus.
Every day I make a "To Do" list. One, because I like to view the entire day. Two, because I find pleasure in crossing off tasks as I do them -- it gives me a sense of accomplishment. And three, if I don't write things down, I forget them -- that's happening more and more often now. When Iím in the midst of a task, I often need to slow down and enjoy the task for the task itself and not be worried about crossing it off my list.
Advent is often treated as a necessary precursor to Christmas. We sometimes rush through it in anticipation of Christmas. We are not the only ones who do this. As you are well aware, stores are now in "Christmas mode." Radio stations are already playing Christmas music -- now 2 of my 6 presets are playing Christmas music all the time. It's not even Thanksgiving yet!
Maybe it's time to dwell in the season of Advent for its own sake. Christmas will come soon enough.
Peace and a joyous Advent and Christmas to all of you!