Preach the Word

Published on February 26th, 2016

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).

I really enjoy the months of winter.  The cold air and white snow seem to refresh and cleanse the air.  What I don’t enjoy though is the ice and snow that accompanies those few months.  Snow and ice certainly do make for more difficult travel and delays.  Traveling on sunny, winter mornings is much more pleasant than traveling on a day with a snowy, icy mix.  Just a few degrees can make all the difference in the world.

Winter months bring a sense of joy to me for reasons other than colder air and beautiful scenes of freshly fallen white snow though.  The months of winter begin for me that joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth to the culminating moments of His suffering, death, and resurrection on Good Friday and Easter morn happening at the end of the winter season   That cycle from winter to spring, birth to death, celebrating to mourning, does remind me and Christians over and over again what a privilege it is to be in the Christian faith and in partnership with the Triune God.

How could we expect anything less from our Loving, Heavenly Father?  To give us His One and only Son is the greatest reason to enjoy the winter season and that transition from winter to early spring.  From the manger to the empty tomb, our Father gives us that sense of excitement and sense of calm and peace wrapped up in Jesus.

Go and teach your students that the “Reason for the Season” is just not a Christmastime sentiment.  On the contrary, December to April is more than a change of season; rather, for Christian, Christmas to Easter brings a time for celebrating and rejoicing in the gift of salvation given to us through Jesus, our Risen Lord and Savior.  This is the message that gets repeated over and over in our classrooms and takes precedence in your daily instruction.

Jesus is the cornerstone of Lutheran schools!