Pastor's Message 

 

 

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD;
I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me   Micah 7:7

Anticipation 

 
Anticipation surrounds us this time of year.  It is that excited feeling – that longing for something we’re pretty certain we are going to receive.  And what are many of us anticipating this Christmas season?  Possibly the giving and receiving of gifts, reuniting with family, partying with friends, or reminiscing about days gone by. 

This week’s devotion will focus on those things we anticipate in our celebration of Christmas.

As humans we understand diminished excitement, so it's no wonder the shepherds were surprised when a multitude of angels appeared to them out of the blue one night. When we read this story, we often only envision it from a human perspective. But Heaven had also been in great anticipation of God fulfilling His promise. Patiently, they too had waited... and prepared.

I can almost picture the excitement in Heaven as word got out that God was sending a messenger to tell the people their Messiah had come. They had anticipated this day for centuries! I imagine one angel asked if he could tag along to see... then another angel asked.. then another and another... Who knows if God didn't just tell them, "Anyone who wants to go may go!" Heaven must have emptied! Their anticipation was so great not one of them wanted to miss this event!

Oh, if only Earth had known what was coming!

Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, would've found it hard to sleep that night. They'd know that Jesus was on His way. In fact, I expect every mother's child would probably have spied to see if angels really knew how to fly! (My apologies to Nate King Cole)

Oh yes, if only earth had know what had been given to them. Oh the anticipation, the expectation, the high hopes and the joy would've been shared by Heaven and Earth alike!

With great anticipation, children still awake on Christmas Day to find out what gifts they've received. And as Christians, that's how we should be... like children in anticipation! Just because Jesus has already come doesn't mean the anticipation should stop. Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving! Remember when He told the woman at the well, "If you [only] knew the gift of God..." (John 4:10*)
I pray we'd all be child-like again in our anticipation.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may I, this season, and every day for that matter,  be as excited about you as the angels.  Amen
 
In our Savior,
Pastor Eich

 

After attending the University of Washington,  John Eich received his B.A. from Northwestern College in Watertown, WI.  He then attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wi. receiving his Masters in Divinity.   He was assigned to Grace Lutheran Church in Alma, MI in 1985.  He also served Zion Lutheran in neighboring St. Louis, Mi. until both churches merged to become Good Shepherd Lutheran.  

He serves on various district and synodical boards.  He frequently writes for the synodical magazine "Forward in Christ."  He has also been involved in the translation and review of the Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible, a new translation of the Bible which is being prepared.

In 1983 he married Susan Ann Wendt who has been his best friend and help mate since.  Together they raised three boys who are now living their faith in Jesus away from mom and dad.