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Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
(262) 377-0610

Pastor's Word for December 2022

Thoughts from Pastor Heidi

I can be a patient person ... for about 2 minutes! I ran to Target the other day before work to pick up a couple of things. I got in line, with time to spare. There was 1 person in front of me. Perfect. That would be fine.

But then it all went wrong! The coupon she had wasn't working. The cashier kept trying, over and over again, to get it to work. No dice. After what seemed like AGES (probably in real time, 3 minutes) the manager comes wandering over.

The manager couldn't figure out the coupon either, and after what seemed like an eternity, finally just used her manager superpowers to give the woman the credit for her coupon. YES! My time had come.

In this age of instant gratification, patience is not something we practice much. We are so used to getting what we need, whenever we need it, and FAST!

December is a month of anticipation. Kids can't wait for school to get out so they can have a break! We wait to see loved ones that we miss, or we have a feeling of dreaded anticipation at seeing family members with whom we struggle. Oh, and there's something else we anticipate in December ... what was it ... oh yeah -- presents!

We also await the celebration of the birth of the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. We take four weeks in church to prepare for this. We await hearing that GREAT NEWS from the gospel of Luke, "To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord ..." We await singing the beautiful Christmas carols. We await lighting our candles in the darkened church, watching the glow of the tiny candles around us grow bigger as the flames spread through the sanctuary. One of the miracles of Christmas, and of Christ -- that one light can illumine the darkness but that many lights can brighten a whole room. This is truly a gift worth waiting for.

May God bless you this season with both anticipation and patience. If you feel the light within you or around you has grown dim, wait for the Lord as the Psalmist says, and may your light be renewed by the one who shines with the glory of the Lord.