Time to share an idea. When I was a young pup in the topic of vocation, I thought Luther missed an important one: friendship. Now “I can see clearly now the rain has gone,” and I have an idea to share. 🙂
Monthly Archives: December 2016
There have been a lot of celebrity deaths recently. Since I’m not a Hollywood follower or in the know regarding Pop Culture, I keep being surprised. Still, it’s among the poignant truths that Christmas time is as good a time as any to put death into perspective . . .
I’m taking it easy with this post today. Below is a link to an article post about another Luther Christmas quote. 🙂 Merry Christmas! Don’t forget to take things easy, resting in God’s care especially in that most physical of considerations, the Incarnation!
Today’s post is from a Facebook friend of mine (HT: Chris Matthis). It’s a Luther Christmas quote you may not have read or heard before:
The birth of Christ was timed to coincide with the census because God wanted to teach us the duty of obedience even to a heathen government . . . . Is not this shameful, that Christ should obey a power that his people and his household regarded as an abomination? But Christ obeyed the civil government of the emperor. Every Christian, therefore, should let Augustus administer his realm—should not hinder but help (Martin Luther, Martin Luther Christmas Book, ed. Roland Bainton [Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1948], 35).
A very merry Christmas to you and yours! My first few days have been lovely and full of God’s gifts, and I wish the very same for you! For my post today, I thought I’d highlight a thought that began with my good friend, Myrtle. We were thinking about how the Gospel is not only a gift that keeps giving, but also a gift that is continually given. 🙂
Sometimes I live episodes in my life and think about how I would write them out. I’d intentionally highlight the humor sometimes or maybe throw in a poignant reminiscence every once in a while. Generally, I think it can be kind of a neat habit, although surely there are pros and cons to it.
Sometimes I think about writing about darker things: discontent, yearning, and suffering. Then I wonder who such writings would help and whether writing them would be a service.
An early Christmas present! My dad wrote the post I meant to! 🙂 Here’s a link to some ideas for Christmas movies and reading.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
I like many kinds of books, but sometimes I find one that makes me think, “Wow, did he really just go there?” The Gift and the Defender is one of those books in the best sense possible. Adventure and unbelievable “fortune” collide as LCMS Pastor Tyrel Bramwell offers an insightful tale about human nature.