Meet Pastor Dan
Pastor Dan Forsgren and his family arrived in North Idaho October, 2014. Dan and Sarah have been married for 17 years, and have three children: Donny (15), Karis (11), and William (9).
Leading this Coeur d'Alene congregation includes Sunday morning messages to our children, and all manner of faith formation, including the occasional stint as a Christmas extra!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
to each of you! I hope the holiday has treated you well, that you had time with those you hold most dear, that you kept the traditions this season always brings. I also hope you found perhaps some new traditions, or that if things did not turn out the way you had hoped, that joy was still had, and love still shared.
It was a few years ago I remember how the copy machine here at the office decided it did not want to work on Christmas, or, more specifically, the days heading up to Christmas. Let me tell you, it was hectic to say the least. I know both Andrea and I breathed a sigh of relief when the repair man came into the office that Christmas Eve! This year we had a similar situation. The main computer in the office, the one Andrea uses to basically run things around here decided that it had had enough, some ominous message showed up on the start screen, and panic ensued. Christmas Eve was one week away, there were bulletins to create, information to record in the program that keeps all those fantastic church records… including the financial ones; these were lost somewhere in the depths of a hard drive that went and is still on a permanent strike.
Andrea, being the pro that she is, of course had backed up everything… there was just no machine to run everything on. Between her personal computer, and mine, we were able to finish all tasks, and Christmas eve worship happened once again! Truly one of the most magical times in the church, when we celebrate the incarnation of God, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, while at the same time anticipating the second coming.
All this while we waited for the new computer to be delivered. It was finally set up a couple days after Christmas and I do believe everything is back up and running efficiently once again!
What has stood out for me amongst all the drama of needing to be up with technology in today’s society, is that even when things seem to be dark… and if you have ever had a hard drive freeze up and die on you… and I don’t mean start to die, but really dead, no information to be gathered from it… you know how dark that feels; despite the darkness that we can feel, Christmas still comes.
God still comes to us even when we wonder how we are going to get everything done. God still comes to us when we don’t have it all together. God still comes to us when we are afraid that despite our best efforts, we realize that we still fall short of the glory of God. God still comes to us.
God still comes to us, in the promise of a New Year. God still comes to us even in the uncertainty of what that New Year might bring. God still comes to us in our joys, and in our pains. God still comes to us in our laughter, and in our tears. God still comes to us in the good times, and in the not so good times. God still comes to us.
I think that might be my mantra for this next year, remembering that in all things God is the one who is in control. Sometimes that can seem scary and not make much sense, depending on what is going on… but we must remember that God never promised everything would be coming up roses, but instead that He would be with us in whatever might come our way.
The incarnation of God changed everything.
It changed everything when God came to us, when God came to earth, and we have hope. God still comes to us,
and everything is still changed.
Peace and Blessings in 2020