Pastor – I like the picture accompanying my Crier article this month (taken by
Savy Kuch during one of the Stewardship Potlucks) because to me it conveys a
sense of quiet contemplation of God’s Word. In the context in which the picture
was taken it was but a brief moment, prior to reading a passage and then making
a few comments. But as photos often do, it captures something of significance,
something worth reflecting upon.
of Advent has arrived once again. What I hope for myself, and for you, over the
course of the next four weeks, is the commitment to set aside times for
reading, studying, and meditating upon Scripture. Along with times for prayer,
worship, and serving others.
Advent is a
season of waiting and anticipation. Not just in relation to Christmas parties,
time off from work, getting together with family and friends, exchanging gifts
and cards, making cookies, decorating, and so forth – as fun and meaningful as
such things can be. Advent most fundamentally is about preparing to again
welcome Jesus into the world, and into our hearts.
We live in
a world that tends to move pretty fast. With all the technological advancements
that have been made, and with more coming all the time, it can feel like there
are few opportunities to slow down for a bit and catch our breath. The fast
pace of things can, at times, be energizing and exciting. But it can also make
us feel rushed, frazzled, and overwhelmed. And it can get in the way of hearing
the still, soft voice of God.
our attention, because there are important things we need to hear and take to
heart. The message of Advent is of the One who is coming as Savior, Messiah,
Lord, Redeemer. The One who is named Emmanuel – God with us. The One whose
birth brings us hope and “great joy.”
human and living among us, Jesus revealed God’s very nature, of self-giving, self-sacrificial
LOVE. A steadfast, never failing love, on which we can always depend and in
which we can take great comfort. A love in which we can revel, and a love which
we are called to share with others.
your plan this Advent? How will you make time and dedicate yourself to being in
communion with God, through prayer, worship, service, and delving deeply into
Scripture? It may not be easy, as lots of things vie for your time and
attention. But I think its safe to say that pondering and reflecting upon the coming of
Jesus anew into your life, will be well worth it.