November is one of my favorite months. Fall has finally arrived in Louisiana (usually). Musicians have been working on Christmas music for a while. Most importantly, we celebrate my favorite holiday.
I have always loved Thanksgiving. There’s no pressure to pick the exact perfect gift. In our family, there’s just time to spend together. Our daughters and their families don’t usually have to run around to the in-laws or be on a rigid schedule. We divide up the cooking responsibilities so there isn’t too much pressure on any one of us. Even while putting together all the ingredients for cornbread dressing, I have time to reflect on just what I am thankful for.
The list is endless. Of course, there are the usual—family, health, friends—but I think that every day something new is added. This year has been full of especially exciting events. When I was told that I would be retiring from teaching after over 40 years in the classroom, I was not expecting that very soon after receiving this news, I would have the opportunity of the gift of ministry at Good Shepherd. God has truly blessed me with a wonderful group of people who so willingly offer their gift of music by participating in the choir. In all my years of ministry, I don’t think I have ever seen a more dedicated group. It is a humbling experience to work with them. I appreciate so much the leadership of Pastor Graf and the loving acceptance of the entire congregation. I look forward to a long ministry at Good Shepherd.
We have lots of Christmas music coming up in December! Our Thursday evening worship services will end for the year on December 13 with a special "Wassailing Village" Christmas hymn sing at 6:35 PM. (Midweek worship will return on January 10.) On Sunday, December 16, our 10:00 AM service will feature Christmas music from our adults. On December 23, the youth will present “An Unplugged Christmas” at 10:00 AM. On the Sunday following Christmas, we will have a “Lessons in Carols” service.
This is a busy time, but such a blessing to be so sure of God’s love and presence in our lives.