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PLUM Pastoral Message

December 2022


“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,

everywhere you go”


Do you recall this Christmas song?  It is a song written by Meredith Wilson in 1951.  Popular renditions of this song were recorded by Bing Crosby (1951) and Michael Bublé (2012).  It is a song filled with hopeful and whimsical phrases that often put a smile on my face as I listen to it.  We hear the writer’s description of Christmas… candy canes, toys in every store, and holly on our doors are just a few images.  And while those are apt descriptions, as followers of Christ, Christmas has a deeper meaning for us.


Christmas is a reminder of the amazing gift of a precious baby that would become our king.  A gift of a lamb, a precious lamb that would eventually wear the scars of sin and death.  It is a reminder that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).  We would call Him Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).  We would come to know Him as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), Redeemer (Ephesians 1:7), Healer (Isaiah 53:5), Savior (Luke 2:11) and Friend (John 15:12-15).  And I am sure you can add many other names.


This precious gift – Jesus, born in a stable as both divine and human, would teach us love is an action word.  He would through His ministry model how to care for the widow, the orphan, the sick, and the marginalized.  He would model compassion, how to love God (the Father), how to communicate with God through prayer, and to listen to our Advocate (the Holy Spirit). He would encourage us to see the beauty and light in each other – as amazing earthen vessels made in the image of God.  And, He would challenge us to move from our comfort zones and step into places yet unknown to bear witness to God’s sustaining love for all.


As we go about the preparation for Advent and Christmas this year, may we see more than the picturesque depiction of snowflakes, lights, hollies, and evergreens.  Beautiful as they may be, may we see the face of Jesus in each person we encounter.  May we see the Christmas that Jesus has shown us.  May we accept the invitation to be active participants and not just bystanders.  May we embrace the promise of Jesus to abide in us by abiding in Him and allow our fruit to be witnesses of our commitment to love one another.


May the God of hope fill you [us] with all joy and peace in believing so that you [we] may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13).


Happy Advent and Blessed Christmas!


Pr. Brenda




Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773