Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Days of Christmas

My grandmother has these beautiful figurines of the 12 days of Christmas. I am a kid that loves numbers, so this has always been a Christmas decoration that fascinated me. A few years ago, a fellow colleague introduced me to this book. The 12 days of Christmas represents the days between Christmas Day and Epiphany on January 6th. The song was a secret method that could be song in public without fear of persecution. Each line of the song had a Christian meaning behind it. Take a look:
  1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
  2. The two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments
  3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
  4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
  5. The five gold rings recall the first five books of the Old Testament, or the Pentateuch.
  6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
  7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
  9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
  10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
  11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
  12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.
I have included the link to the book below. We made posters as a follow-up to the book, and it was a great lesson to combine faith, math, history, and the arts.

The Real 12 Days of Christmas: The Story by the Song by Helen Haidle

I pray you all have a blessed Christmas with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of the King!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Meaning of Ministry

I spent five and a half years working in two pretty amazing schools. I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, and through a lot of hard work and team efforts, were able to accomplish some pretty amazing feats.

I have recently found myself questioning if we have forgotten the true of meaning of ministry. After all, crack open the good book, His Word. Does Jesus boast about his accomplishments? Does he think he is so amazing because He was sent as a little baby to save the world? Therefore, if Jesus, the King of Kings, humbled himself to be born in a stable and die on a cross, is it really wise for us to take pride in our own accomplishments?

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

More importantly, do you have to have a title to be a servant of God? I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best professors, district leaders, pastors, principals, deaconesses, and teachers in ministry, but the some of best servants I have ever seen were students. The innocence and faith of child is a pretty awesome witness. We are saved by that little baby, Jesus, the Savior of the world. As we go about the busyness of the Advent season, remember to keep your focus on the Prince of Peace.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Importance of Lutheran Schools

I am proud to state that I am a product of Lutheran schools. Outside of my kindergarten year and my master's work, I have spent my whole life in Lutheran schools. However, I have also been privileged to attend school with many different types of people. Lutheran schools never cease to amaze me in their ability to touch the lives of children and families. After all, students in Lutheran schools have the opportunity to learn about Jesus for at least 35 hours a week.

There are many people that have gone into the building of Lutheran schools over the years. Parents, teachers, administrators, pastors, and congregational members all give of their gifts and talents for the benefit of children. During one of my first lessons as a teacher, a little girl in my class raised her hand during the lesson of the fall into sin and stated, "Who are Adam and Eve?" I think back to another little boy who asked why that man was on the cross. Over the years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my faith with many young children.

I am putting the same question to you. What do you love about your Lutheran school?