While this Thanksgiving/Advent/Christmas season can be joyful to many, it can also be a time of great sadness and depression (especially when everything seem to say one should be happy). When we are dealing with grief and sadness, often a little humor can help us. American journalist and author Mignon McLaughlin puts it: “A sense of humor is major defense against minor troubles.” And I would argue can help even with major troubles. By the way, another quote of McLaughlin’s that I like is: “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

Of course, our greatest source of support and encouragement is the Word of God and our prayerful response and praise for all that our Lord has done for us. The Word reminds us that we need God’s help and that He does care and love us. Jesus especially shows us that love. As the slogan goes: “Jesus is the reason for the season.” During the business of this time, take some time for yourself and rest in God’s Word and in Divine Service. Our theme for our midweek Advent services is “The Means of Grace”, so we will be focusing on those means that the Holy Spirit has promised to be working and strengthening faith in us.

In closing, have you seen the Family Circus cartoon where Dolly is “reading” a book named “The First Christmas” to little PJ and she says: “Then the three wise men came to baby-sit Jesus so Mary and Joseph could finish Christmas shopping.”

See you in Divine Service,