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December 1, 2017
Many of us appreciate a heads-up when something big is about to happen. It allows us to take stock of where we are and to discern if, or how, we need to prepare for what’s coming. Most of us would prefer that if change has to occur, it be manageable, with minimal disruption. Typically, we enjoy the predictability of the status quo.
So imagine the discomfort, when a messenger comes along with a message that wakes us up and calls us to self-examination. It might even lead us to look at life differently, and change our ways.
The messenger, however, is not the main event. He points to the one who is to come, but calls us to prepare our hearts for what ahead – an encounter with Jesus Christ. How is God calling you to prepare your heart during this Advent season?
I look forward to worshiping with you this first Sunday of Advent. Please be attuned to people around you. While Christmas is often a joyous time for many, there are some for whom the holiday reminds them of loss, or brings on feelings of loneliness and isolation. Please pray for those for whom this Christmas season may not be merry and discern how God is calling you to invite them to experience a caring community.
Yours in Christ,