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Located in beautiful Peshtigo, Wisconsin, GSLC is a congregation
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Northern Great Lakes Synod.

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331 Pine Street, Peshtigo, WI *****

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Sisters and brothers in Christ,  

We have to come to the time of year when we plunge ever deeper into the coldest and darkest months.  The sun, when it shines, seems to barely begin warming the ground before it begins again its dive toward the horizon.  For some, this time of year triggers bouts of depression and seasonal affective disorder.  It can feel at times like a less hopeful part of the year.  

Yet in contrast, we in the Church enter the time of ultimate hopefulness and joyful waiting during the season of Advent and into Christmas.  This juxtaposition is an interesting tension between the world we live in and the world we profess.  As we await the celebration of the coming Emmanuel, “God with Us”, I invite us to consider what it is we truly hope for and consider it in the context of the cold darkness we find ourselves in now.  For just as we cannot separate our faith from the lives we live, we likewise cannot separate our hopeful waiting from the reality of a cold, dark, and sometimes broken world.  

So what is it that you truly hope for?  For some it may simply be the celebration of the Son of God coming in the infant Jesus.  For others it may the reconciliation between family members or friends.  Still others may hope for stability at work, a good outcome from a health crisis, or peace and justice across the world.  All of these hopes are good and reasonable.  Yet some may feel a bit of guilt in hoping for something so personal or seemingly selfish.  However, while I normally encourage seeing a greater vision or mission in serving others, there is a time to consider yourself and care for you as the “very good” creation that God has made.  

Sometimes within the Church we too easily forget while loving and serving others to likewise care for, love, and serve ourselves.  We sometimes forget that we too are part of God’s “very good” creation.  We especially struggle with this as congregations, seeing inward focus as inherently bad and counter to God’s mission.  It’s true that too much inward focus is counter to what God calls us to in this world but, is it not also counter to God’s call to neglect God’s beloved children here in our midst?  This tension, like that of the cold darkness of winter with the joyful hope of Advent, is one that I as a member of this congregation struggle with most these days.  The tension of loving and serving others versus loving and serving our congregation challenges me.  

It is most challenging because of my strong hope for continued mission and greater relationship building in our community.  This tension is challenging because of my hope to continue building upon the strong sense of call to loving and serving others that we have built.  This tension is challenging because we give away so much and yet we struggle to meet our internal financial obligations.  The ‘false hope’ solution would be to simply give up on our external mission.  Yet that would most definitely be counter to what God has indeed called us to do.  

So for now, I sit prayerfully considering what we can do together to ease this tension.  My fervent hope is that we tend faithfully our internal “very good’ creation while growing robustly the answer to our external call from God.  That will take work and prayer.  Yet I am truly hopeful, and readily embrace the tension of this time, and ask you to prayerfully consider the following question.  Laying aside, for a very brief moment, the call to love and serve others outside of our congregation, what do you hope for Good Shepherd in the coming months and years?  

There is much to celebrate, rejoice, and have hope for here.  This of course starts with our faith in the one who came to us, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Yet there is also the joy of knowing that we do serve so well the mission of God in and for the world through this place of worship.  We are the presence of Christ in the world that we are called to be.  So I pray that you feel that hope and joy, and I encourage you to share that hope and joy with others. Yet never forgetting that all of our blessings come from God who so freely and joyfully gives them to us each and every day.    

May the joys and blessings of Advent and Christmas be with you all,
Pastor David