Now that Thanksgiving has passed, our culture is full speed ahead toward Christmas. Black Friday has come and gone. As I write this there are no less than a dozen “Cyber Monday” deals in my inbox. Every store is glitzed out with decorations, and every radio is tuned to holiday music. Trees are up and gifts are being purchased. There is nothing inherently wrong with being in the “Christmas spirit,” but I would like to suggest we spend more time being in Advent contemplation. A few less lights and more Light of the World. A few less cookies and more Bread of Life. Less inflatable reindeer and more Shepherd of the sheep. Fewer gifts and more being in the presence of the Savior. Less Santa and more Jesus.
There are some opportunities to be more connected to the Savior during Advent including attending the special worship services at Pacific Hills on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm. Lutheran Hour Ministries has wonderful daily Advent devotions in booklet form or e-mail delivery. Even simply taking 10-15 minutes each day to have some quiet time reading the Christmas story or Old Testament prophecies from the Bible and using the Advent hymns from our hymnal for personal reflection can help us slow down in the busyness of the season. May we use this Advent season to reflect on the amazing gift God has given us of His own dear Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We invite all of you to join us this Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary for the preschool Christmas service, as we share the true reason for the season. Following the service is a birthday party for Jesus in Acker Hall. All are welcome!
Lamb of God Preschool director/teacher
Kay Storck is the Preschool Director at Lamb of God Preschool in Omaha Nebraska