Lighten the load this Christmas

Dear friends in Fallbrook,

I’ve had a heavy month. 30 days ago my daughter began a course of treatment for newly-diagnosed leukemia. The run up to Christmas is usually a busy time for pastors like me, but the flurry of hospital trips and clinic appointments has made my normal Christmas preparations seem light by comparison.

What once was a burden becomes light.

Isn’t it remarkable what a change in perspective can do in your life? What once was a burden becomes light. What once was a struggle comes more naturally. What once you missed you now notice.

This Christmas season at St. Stephen Lutheran our worship will follow the theme, “The Weight Is Over.” When God’s prophet spoke about the birth of Jesus, he said, "You have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders." We’ll learn how a life centered around the words and works of Jesus lightens our burdens. More specifically we’ll discover an important nuance in his teaching—it’s not that he makes burdens seem light by doling out a few goodies here and there, he literally changes the perspective of our heart in a way that touches every aspect of life. What once was a burden becomes light. What once was a struggle comes more naturally. What once you missed you now notice.

I’ve had a heavy month, but I’m truly excited to share the message of Christmas with you this year. Please join us on Saturday, December 24th at 6:30pm for our annual Christmas Eve candlelight service.

Serving in Christ,

Pastor Bassett