December 2021
From the Pastor

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever." (LUKE 1:46B- 55 ESV)

In Luke, we hear Mary's song, a song of promise and hope that is spoken from one who is a self-proclaimed lowly servant. We hear this beautiful song that reminds us that no matter how we might feel in our life we are given a song to sing.  God has shown mercy to all people who fear and love God, from generation to generation. Through her song, Mary speaks of God's love for us, the surprise that God has in store for us. God flips the world on its ear by taking the powerful out of a position of power and lifting up the lowly to a place of power.

Mary's song comes to us at a time when many of us can feel frazzled and overwhelmed. Christmas day is almost here and the list of things that need to be accomplished seems to be getting longer instead of shrinking. We feel many emotions toward our fellow man and love is probably not on the top of the list. Why not stop and take a moment to hear Mary's song spoken into your life. Be reminded that God has looked upon you with favor and loves you completely. Take the time to look at your fellow man in a different light, to see them as a fellow brother (or sister) in this world. Let love open your eyes to the surprise that God has in store for all of us.

Blessings to you, brothers and sisters in Christ, during this most lifegiving time of the year as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child and the fulfillment of God's promise to God's people. May you continue to be amazed at the wonder of God's love.

In the Shalom of the Christ child,

Pr. Paul <><

p.s.. - Did you know what Luther said about Christmas???  "If Christ had arrived with trumpets and lain in a cradle of gold, his birth would have been a splendid affair. But it would not be a comfort to me. He was rather to lie in the lap of a poor maiden and be thought of little significance in the eyes of the world. Now I can come to him. Now he reveals himself to the miserable in order not to give any impression that he arrives with great power, splendor, wisdom, and aristocratic manners. But upon his return on that Day, when he will oppose the high and the mighty, it will be different. Now he comes to the poor, who need a Savior, but then he will come as a Judge against those who are persecuting him now."

Martin Luther