Here we are, back at the threshold of “that time of the year”. If you think about it, the clarion-call of the world really begins the climb to its crescendo. The world wants you - actually, it NEEDS you - to focus and worry about so much that is temporary and trivial.
There’s an impressive list of that stuff. When should the Thanksgiving Decorations be put on display? When should they be taken down in favor of Christmas decorations? Which party (or parties) should I attend? How big should the turkey be this year? Have all the Christmas gifts been purchased, or at least listed? This year we may have been spared some of the pressure surrounding the schedules for sporting events at several levels. Perhaps we could think of that as a “mixed COVID blessing.”
All this stuff belongs to the misdirection the world offers to deceive us. There’s an old saying; “worry is like paying interest on a house you don’t own.” Through Faith, we are given everything we need to ignore and reject the cacophony.
From Luke, Chapter 12:
“Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens; they do not sow or reap. They have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’”
Luke 12:22-26 NIV
-Meet Pastor Rod-
Pastor Rod, a life-long Lutheran, graduated from the University of Minnesota and Concordia Theological Seminary.
As a ‘retired Pastor’, Rod stays busy serving local pulpits, leading worship in Senior resident facilities, and writing for the blog.
Pastor Rod lives in Savannah with his wife Deb along with their four- legged furry children (their doggies of course).
With Deb, Pastor Rod especially loves to travel spending time with children & grandchildren.
But most notably, Pastor Rod looks great in a hat!