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Beck and call

My wife had knee surgery on Tuesday.  Nothing serious…actually it was a procedure that took about 25 minutes.  She was able to walk out of the hospital but for 48 hours she had to stay off her knee as much as possible and ice it every hour.  It has been driving her crazy to be so limited.  Today she can start walking more and do more of her knee exercises, but still has to take it easy until Monday.

So for these past 48 hours I have been at my wife’s beck and call. She has not been able to get what she needs as easily.  Going downstairs to retrieve ice packs in the deep freeze would not have been a good idea for her to do. Thank God I live next door to the church so I can run back and forth as needed.

But through this process I have been learning and re-learning a few things that I wanted to share with you.  A few things about serving others in need:
(1) There are people in our lives that can’t get what they need without our help.  Maybe they could find someone else to assist them (or maybe not), but why put them through that.

(2) With someone I love, I haven’t thought twice about caring for my wife in her time of need.  If we truly love our brothers and sisters in Christ why is it that we sometimes whine about or avoid serving them?

(3) Some people find it difficult to ask for help.  When my wife looks at me and asks me to get something, I can see in her face that she is uncomfortable asking.  So I have been trying do things for her before she asks.

(4) Serving and being served is humbling.  I think this speaks for itself.

(5) Serving draws you closer to the one being served.  I definitely feel the pain, discomfort and frustration that my wife is feeling.  I imagine myself in her situation and I don’t like it.  What if we imagined ourselves in the place of the homeless person down the street?

(6) Is this what Jesus meant when he commanded us to “wash one another’s feet”? Actually…I literally did this today after we took the bandage off her knee. She said “I know this grosses you out but can you wash my heel?”  (It didn’t gross me out)  But there have been times where I have felt uncomfortable or avoided “washing someone’s feet”.

(7) The more you serve and help someone the better you understand their situation.

I’m not saying that we are commanded to become the butlers of this world but we are commanded to “wash feet”.  We are to show Christ’s love through our words and actions.  We are to humble ourselves for the glory of God.  Serving others may go unnoticed to most in the world but it won’t go unnoticed to the one being served (or to God).

What would it look like to be at someone’s beck and call without them “becking” (I don’t think that is a word) or “calling”?

Much to think about…but first… it’s time to check on my wife.

The pastor -|—

Christmas Eve

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!