The hustle and bustle of another busy Christmas season is coming to an end shortly. And I know I probably say this every year but it seems this Christmas season was busier than others. For pastors this is indeed a busy time, especially for those who have mid-week Advent worship service (I don’t have those). And as I look back on the past month I get more and more tired. But no need to worry…as it happens during Holy Week…on Christmas Eve I get a boost of adrenaline that takes me through Christmas Day worship. But can you say “Eric will be napping on the way to Iowa tomorrow”.
Today is Christmas Eve and I am preparing for a 5pm worship service at Salem and a 9am Christmas Day service at Belmont. My sermon is written…I just need to review, practice and tweak it some. The worship service is set…I just need to run through things and make sure all my “props” are there and ready. The music will be coming (Connie’s family is providing the brass accompaniment tonight). And all the worship participants are set to go. My biggest task I have left to do today is to make some bread in the bread maker for supper tonight (Italian Herb bread is on the menu). All in all…not too bad of a day coming up (maybe that is the adrenaline).
But before I go and continue my preparations I want to leave you with a couple things:
(1) MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all and thanks for a great year. I will be posting a year-in-review later on but I just want to say now that I am thankful for the many friends I met through this blog. I am also thankful for the many commenters and others who stop by. This blog is for you and that is my motivation for writing this; knowing that God is using me to preach his Word to people all over the world. What a blessing this has been. May you experience the love of God through your many gatherings and may you have safe travels and joyous homecomings.
(2) I want to share a story with you I heard on the news this morning. Check out this Star Tribune link for the complete story. Basically…there was an apartment fire in Burnsville, MN recently where nearly 200 residents lost everything. Yesterday a person donated about 1 million dollars to the victims (nearly $17,500 per person…today the people can pick up their checks). Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville is serving as a collection site to provide for the basic needs of these families. This story touched my heart as it is an example of the Spirit of Christmas at work. Praise be to God.
Once again…have a very blessed Christmas and be safe…all the while praising God, always and forever. Amen!