Stained Glass Round

Message from the Pastor
from the Bethel Beacon

            Bethel Lutheran Church       Bemidji, Minnesota

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DECEMBER 2017 and JANUARY of 2018

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

-Revelation 1:4b-8

Thanksgiving weekend; the official start of the Christmas season! Is there any more anticipated day in the minds of children (and adults) than Christmas? For many, celebrating with family and friends on Christmas is the highlight of the year. But it is during Advent, the days leading up to Christmas that the excitement builds.

Waiting is never easy, for children, or adults. But we know that is easier to wait for something because we have experienced it before and know the wait is worth it. Advent is not just a time of waiting however; it is also a time to remember that God is with us now, that the promised one of whom the prophets spoke has come to us, and has abided with us. The Lord our God is in our midst! We may worship without fear!

In this time of preparations, of finishing our ‘To-do’ lists of the season, can we remember that God is with us even when our plans and schedules didn’t match up? May we recognize that in the middle of our preparing Christ has come, Christ is with us, and Christ will come again!


Rev. Mark Kindem

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