Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for December 2018
So, now we've had our first "real" snowfall. We were supposed to get between 6 and 9 inches, but instead, we got a dusting. The driveways and sidewalks in our neighborhood were more icy than snowy. This is always a problem for me when I walk our dog Scarlet -- for those who don't know Scarlet, she's a 4-year-old pug with a mind of her own and a very strong personality. The problem lies in the fact that while some people shovel and put down ice melt on their sidewalks, some people don't. It's the sidewalks that are icy which are the problem. Now, I am from Minnesota so I am used to the kind of winters that we have here. I even know and use the "duck walk" as my California friend called it -- very short and careful steps, like a duck, when you are walking on a slippery surface like ice (I guess we look like ducks when we walk this way). Anyway, the trick to duck walking on ice is balance. You've got to maintain your balance when you duck walk otherwise ... well, we've all been there. I walk with boots that don't have little metal cleats on the bottom of them. For those who lived in the '70s you know about studded tires for your cars in the winter. Same thing, although I know that they sell the snap-on cleats for your shoes -- I could have bought a pair the last time I was in Goodwill. Maybe I should have, but then I wouldn't have anything to write for the December Tidings! Back to the main point. Scarlet walks with a purpose as if on a mission. She also has built-in cleats called toenails that she uses to grip the ice. Unfortunately, that wreaks havoc on my duck walking because it throws my balance off as she pulls like a sled dog to her next spot to sniff. To combat this, I slide-walk, walk on the snow next to the sidewalk, or rein in her leash so that she is right below me.
I started this letter thinking that Jesus is the solid presence who has a firm grip on us when life gets a little slippery. We see in scripture that Jesus did provide his disciples a strong foundation when things got tough. Think of the boat with water coming in on the wild waters of the Sea of Galilee. Think of all the people who were hungry or hurting or cast aside. Jesus offered and gave them a solid place in which to dwell -- a relationship with him. He does so for us as well.
In this Advent season we wait with great anticipation the coming of the one who gives us life, and a sense of balance in a world that is ever changing.