St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Are there any of us who have not traveled by car with small children, whether they

are our own or someone else’s? What is the one thing you repeatedly hear from the

back seat? “Are we there yet?” Children don’t always have a good sense of time, do

they? How about those of us who are adults? Are we much better? We become

impatient in traffic, with family members and with God.

Why doesn’t God answer my prayers? However, God always answers prayer with,

“Yes, no or not now.” We cannot see all the ins and outs of what is happening in our

world to know how God answers our prayers. Sometimes it is obvious, as is the case with my daughter’s management of her narcolepsy, but the three years of

experimentation until they found the most effective medicine was long and hard for

her and all the family.

In the church year, Advent is a time of waiting. Our waiting is two-fold. We await the

arrival of the Christ child, born in Bethlehem. We also await our glorious Lord’s return in judgment and as the reigning Lord of Lords and King of Kings. But the waiting isn’t easy. Throughout the generations since Jesus’ ascension to heaven, people have tried to figure out when Jesus would return and have set dates for it. When that date came and passed, they set another date or claimed that Jesus came in secret and we didn’t see it. Never mind Revelation 1:7 says, “Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.”

Doesn’t the excitement of children sometimes spill over onto us? The lights, the

carols, the tree! Last year, I was just getting home from the hospital the week of

Christmas. Our granddaughter, Grace, was particularly concerned about how bleak

the house would look, so she and my daughter decorated for Christmas. I came

home to beautiful lights and decorations! I felt a bit like a kid.

Can we be in such awe of all that God has done for us in Christ: in his birth, ministry

on earth and his death and resurrection? Can we just stop for a minute, push aside

the busyness we impose upon ourselves and spend a few minutes thinking about

“What Wondrous Love is This?” I particularly like the second verse:

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,

when I was sinking down, sinking down,

when I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown,

Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,

Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.

From God’s perspective, Jesus' birth, death, resurrection and ascension are all one

event. It is all the life and mission of Jesus, the Christ, who saves us from sin, death

and the power of the devil. I'm saying all that to help us understand why we have all

this second-coming emphasis on the first Sunday of Advent.

Can you feel the excitement rising inside you? God has done so much for us and

loves each of us so much. God loves you and I love you too.

In Christ’s abundant love,

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

December 2021

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