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A Special Message for Parents

Dear Friends, Below is an excerpt from an article I shared with you a number of years ago.  It feels like it applies this year more than ever for many of our families.  So with thanks to Pastor David Lose, who now serves at Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, I share with you this brief but important reminder.  Even if you are not a parent (or maybe you are a grandparent), fell free to pass this along to someone who needs this word of grace.  Finally, thank you for all that you manage to do for all the right reasons, to raise the children of our faith community to trust in Emmanuel, God in flesh with us, Jesus Christ our Lord. "Whether your parenting a newborn, toddler, teen, or college-aged kid, all this gets amplified at Christmas time. So many opportunities, so many expectations. Way more, in fact, than any of us can handle. So here's the deal: Moms and Dads everywhere: you don't have to be perfect. Because you know what? There is no perfect. And you know what else? …

Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Friends,

As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend ahead, I want to wish you a truly blessed celebration.  Many of you will be gathering with loved ones and, while likely eating way too much food (Enjoy!),  offering thanks for God's abundant blessings.  May your joy be full and overflowing this Thursday and throughout the holiday season ahead.
However, let us also remember that there will be others for whom this festive season will not be experienced with the joy of abundance, nor surrounded by family and friends.  Many thanks to those of you who continue to reach out to bless the homeless and hungry of our communities at Thanksgiving and throughout the year to make a difference in lives that are hurting.
The weeks ahead can also be a time of great sorrow for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Take time to reach out to those experiencing loss, honoring boundaries and their desire to take a step back from festivities when needed, but reminding …