St. John's Lutheran
Our Gratitude and Humility is Solely in the God Who Created Everything!
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
December 16, 2021
In this day and age filled with so many fantastic inventions, technology, trillionaires, incredible web of information, the reality of artificial intelligence and much more, it would be so easy to think very highly of ourselves. In fact, I believe we do! But despite all the extolling of human achievement, self-entitlement, self-congratulations and self-aggrandizement that’s out there, original sin is still the most easily seen doctrine humanity experiences not only individually, but corporately. In the beginning, our Lord left us a garden that’s become in many places polluted by the excesses of our self-centered desires for sensual fulfillment of all sorts — to have stuff because we can create it becomes a value above common sense. We forget in our extravagance toward ourselves that we are created as well, that we are not the end-all and be-all to everything, but there is One to whom we are accountable, personally, societally and nationally. Advent is a time to think about that, that we are because it is by God’s Word that all exists and that we contribute nothing except derivatively by His grace. Where is our gratitude and hence humility?