Grace to you and Peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus the Christ,

     We are in the season of Advent. The word “Advent” means coming. We are awaiting the coming of our Lord Jesus, his birth in and among us. Waiting is tedious, we do not like to wait for anything, so it is something we need to learn. We practice waiting in each day, at a red light, in the grocery line, at the post office. We wait for our turn, for being able to move forward for connecting with the person who can help us.

     The Church year teaches us to wait twice, during Lent and during the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Both times are a period of reflection and holiness, which means we are invited to do less and do with less: less noise, less activity, less seeking to be in a crowd. This, of course, goes against our secular Christmas, which is laden with partying and constant appeals to consume.

     This Advent season, you can prepare your heart by trying to be more patient with others and also with yourself. You can spend a little more time volunteering to help out, reading scriptures and attending worship on Sunday mornings. You can set aside an intentional time of prayer – perhaps in the morning, noon, and night – for a little more than usual, and you can join one of our study groups – men’s Bible study breakfast at 7:30am on Wednesday mornings and our women’s Bible group on alternate Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm, and our Sunday after church Bible discussion group.

     So let us wait and see what this Christ Child holds for us. Let Jesus be your guide in all worldly affairs, your light that gives warmth and gladness, God’s foundation of peace and your steady companion. Then it will be Christmas truly, this season and all through the year.

     “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders, and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there should be endless peace for the throne of David and his Kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forever more. The zeal of the Lord of host will do this.” Isaiah 9:6-7


Yours in the great love of our Lord Jesus,

 

Douglas Madlon, Pastor

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