Post date: Oct 28, 2015 3:21:24 PM
Dear People of God,
The month of November brings changes. The end of daylight savings time always marks a big change for me personally. On Sunday November 1st , sunset will come an hour earlier and the daylight hours will really begin to be too short for me. I crave sunshine and daylight. The days are shorter, colder and wetter when we get to November. The flowers are usually frost killed by then and the beautiful leaves are going, going, gone (except for the raking up, of course).
November gets us ready for winter. We hope we will actually have winter and mountain snow this year. As the landscape dies around us, perhaps November is also a good time to think about our own mortality: not in a morbid sense, but in a realistic sense. You and I are given only so many years on this earth by our loving God. “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.”(Psalm 90:12). How will we make the most of the time God has given us here? How will we use our time, talents, and yes, our treasure to serve God and serve our neighbors in need? How will we be good stewards, managers, caretakers of all that God has first given us? We remember that God has first given us everything. Especially God has given us forgiveness for our sins, real life now and everlasting life in the age to come all through the life, death and resurrection of God’s Son Jesus.
November 1st is also All Saints’ Day. It’s a day when we remember with thanksgiving our Christian brothers and sisters who have gone on ahead of us to the heavenly kingdom. Especially we remember those who have died within the past year or so. This year at First Lutheran we remember with thanksgiving Glen McLean and Ralph Sorenson.
Our National Day of Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday of November. It is good and right that we pause as a nation to give thanks to God for our bountiful and free country. Of course, as Christians every day is really a thanksgiving and a “thanksliving” to God our Creator and Provider. Every day we thank God for all his goodness for us. Especially we thank God for sending Jesus to be our Savior Redeemer and to conquer death for us and to lead us into new and everlasting life.
Christ the King Sunday on November 22nd marks the last Sunday of the church year. Jesus is our true and good king and the goal and fulfillment of humankind.
November 29th is already the 1st Sunday in Advent and the beginning of a new church year. We prepare our hearts and minds to welcome Christ as the judge of the living and the dead and as a newborn human baby. November brings changes. Life is change. Our loving God is with us through all the changes of life.
Serving God and neighbor together with you, Pastor Dennis