December 2010

Midweek Meditation Moments
Presented by, the Visiting Pastors, of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod for residents of The Birches Senior Living, Briar Place Senior Residences, Emeritus Senior Living, and Cordia Senior Living Center.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

For the past few years there has been a lot of angst and talk about whether it is right for people, businesses and organizations to wish people a Merry Christmas or simply a Happy Holidays. A lot of Christian people have staked out positions insisting on Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. And in an era of “Political Correctness” there certainly is much to be said for speaking the truth in love. Certainly we should all wish to avoid the dreaded “X day”. Some companies are avoiding the whole issue by sending out Happy Thanksgiving Day cards and greetings and doing nothing else, except Happy New Years’ wishes.

I believe that there is a way for us to in a way turn the tables on people who are following the “politically correct” mantra of Happy Holidays. Most Dictionaries will list the definition of “Holy Day” as the second meaning of the word holiday. So when someone wishes you a Happy Holiday don’t get up in a snit and say it’s Christmas! Simply say; “Thank you for wishing me a happy Holy Day, I hope your day is also blessed.” It will take a bit of thought and practice to get in this habit, but it can certainly be illuminating and maybe even a conversation starter, to tell someone about the Baby Jesus, his life, death and resurrection.

As long as we are looking at the etymology of words, we should consider the word Christmas. My Theological Dictionary says that this is an Old English word Christes mass, meaning the Church festival marking the birth of Jesus Christ. My regular dictionary gives it basically the same meaning and says Christ’s festival. As I think about this, it strikes me that this celebration is designed for God’s People. In reality Jesus’ birthday party is to be held together with other believers. Jesus invites us to come and celebrate his birthday with him, where he is not only the host but is also the guest of honor. Join us for Christmas Eve Worship at 1:30 PM.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holy Day!

Prayer for the week.
Father in heaven, you who are great and powerful and full of love, I lift up my heart in thanksgiving for the privilege of coming to You in prayer. Give me faithfulness as I join together with Jesus in His ministry of prayer the next ten weeks.
Lord, examine me and show me any sin that would hinder Your working in my life. May I immediately confess that sin and receive the assurance of Your forgiveness and the strengthening to turn away from all sin in my life.
Now Father, teach me to pray. I so want to know Your will and Your way. I thank you that Your Holy Spirit lives within me. It is a joy to know that He and the Son will teach me – that through them I can learn to release the awesome power of prayer both for my needs and the needs of others, both near and far. O Lord, hear my prayer.
Day after day may Your Spirit work in me, keeping me faithful in this ministry of prayer. May the Lord Jesus Christ be my constant companion in fulfilling Your purposes. Help me to understand that You are able to do so much more than I could ever imagine or would even dare to ask, all because of the daily work of prayer. To You be glory now and for all eternity. Amen.

A Table Prayer: Come Lord, Jesus and be our guest and let thy gifts to us be blessed. Amen

Worship Services
Tuesday 10:30 am Briar Place
Wednesday 10:30 am The Birches and Emeritus
Thursday 10:30 am Cordia Senior Living