Take a moment to read the scriptures from the weekend:
As the days get darker and the Winter Solstice is encroaching, I hope you can pause and enjoy the light of the world. Today’s scripture says the darkness does not overcome it. Everything has a season, a time, a reason. So too, this advent season repeats itself over and over, as in a circle.
We are reminded each time we admire a Christmas wreath, a ring, a round-about, even in the carpeting here at Sheridan, of the power of a circle. That circle has no beginning or end. Its strength is in each arc, supported by the others, interconnected. You probably have a circle of friends, a family circle or you might even live on a circle drive. I belong to a lovely church circle, Martha Circle, whose members depend on each other.
If you take some time in the sanctuary, you might notice the Luther Rose off to the side behind the musicians. I sat with that needlework for some 500 hours, adding each stitch, thinking about the symbolism in it. The final section was the gold ring circle. You probably don’t even notice it as it blends in with the woodwork. But I think it is one of the key parts of Martin Luther’s theology statement. The gold circle represents the blessedness of heaven, lasting forever, world without end. It is our final promise, God’s love without end. It is our legacy, we know we have a heavenly home, a final place, but the world keeps on spinning, repeating. I served another funeral today and I know that James went home. And life will continue on for his family. As Christmas comes and the days get longer, we will feel the familiar cycle begin again, the light coming into the world. Jesus became flesh and changed everything, giving us grace and truth.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending the light into the world, for giving us hope in the darkness, and for Your unending love, grace and truth. Amen
Written by Cindy Swanson
Cindy and her husband, Ray, have been members of Sheridan Lutheran Church since 1978. They have 3 sons, Ben, Andrew and Patrick who were confirmed at Sheridan. They enjoy spending time with their 4 grandchildren (ages 2-7). Cindy retired from teaching writing to middle schoolers for Lincoln Public Schools in 2014. She savors a good cup of coffee, a well-written book, a lively discussion and chocolate. She lives near a cemetery and knows each day is a gift!