Merry Christmas!

carlaThis photo was taken at the Thanksgiving table by our friend, Carla.  It is her granddaughter, feasting on some leftovers.

What’s that on her wrist? Looks like one of our crosses!

In addition to enjoying her treat, it appears she is enjoying God’s love as well. Priceless!!

Carla is the parish nurse at our church and spends considerable time with people inside and outside our congregation’s community, sharing her faith in God with them. Her spiritual genuineness and faithfulness to Him oozes like melted butter on a waffle when you spend time with her, and soon, you are warm and comfortable, knowing you are cuddled in God’s loving arms. She is a treasure to all who know her; we love our parish nurse!!

Carla shares with us in many ways; one of those is her writings in our monthly church newsletter. Her message for December was particularly striking to me and I asked her if I could share with all of you. Here is what she wrote:

‘Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! There are only 27 days until Christmas Day following Thanksgiving. You are kidding?! Nope.

So, how is it going for you and yours?

There is so much to do … Christmas cards, Sunday School Christmas pageants, Christmas lists, Christmas shopping with list in hand (not to forget anyone). Christmas cookies and delivery, Christmas wreaths, Christmas ornaments, decorate Christmas trees inside and out, Christmas lights in town and country.

Christmas music, Christmas decorations in the home, Christmas stockings, Christmas catalogs, Christmas Salvation Army red kettles, Christmas gift boutiques, last minute mass produced Christmas (bragging or woe) letters. Christmas mail requesting donations for every cause known and unknown to humans, Christmas candy canes, outdoor Christmas plastic nativity scenes or those lawn blown up Santas.

Christmas traditions like Grandma’s fruit soup, lefse, Figgie pudding and lutefisk, Christmas fruit cake which has traveled back and forth to relatives for the last 10 years … no one really eats those, do they? Christmas bells, Christmas rush to get out those gifts ASAP to people far away, Christmas concerts (or to be known now as ‘Holiday’ concerts because we don’t want to offend anyone). Christmas classic movies: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

 What am I forgetting? I’m exhausted just reading the list!

 What if we didn’t do so much? Would it still be Christmas? What would happen if we just got together with friends and family, much like Thanksgiving? Giving thanks to God for the greatest gift of all, His Son. “For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.”

Life is ever changing, but our God is stable and He has promised to be there, giving us love, comfort and peace. Sing Christmas carols … call people in December who are away from us. Then it’s Christmas!’

What a message! Thank you, Carla!!

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We have some new friends who joined the Cross The World family in November and we want to welcome them:

Sharon – California

River of Life AG Church – Cold Spring, MN

Immanuel Lutheran School – Walker, MN

Gethsemane Lutheran Church – Dassel, MN

Trinity Lutheran Church – Detroit Lakes, MN

Monica – Montana

Connie – Illinois

Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service – Lafayette, LA

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Happy Christmas, painted by Johansen Viggo

Happy Christmas, painted by Johansen Viggo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peace and much love during this joyous Christmas season and heartfelt wishes for a blessed 2014!!

But, our fondest wish for you is:

Remember to take time to feast on God’s love for us!

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