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December 2014 - Letter from Pastor Caroline
Dear Friends in Christ,
Advent is a wonderful season: it’s an opportunity; a gift; a time to catch your breath and listen for the Breath of Heaven to stir your spirit; purple and pink and evergreens - more than a prelude to Christmas.
Advent is a chance to move toward God, who is coming toward you with good things and Good News, a future and a hope.
It’s easy to lose patience with Advent -- let’s just skip to Christmas, let’s get where we’re going, not waste time with this Advent stuff - Advent is beside the point.
But like any trip, the joy is in the journey not just the destination. Jesus is The Way: we are traveling through life, and we are traveling with Jesus, and we are traveling because of Jesus, and life with Jesus is not just our destination, it is the way we’re getting anywhere close to God, closer to life as we are meant to live it and who we are intended to be.
Advent reminds us to recognize that God is present: God is with us, and these purple days of Advent call us to notice, entice and invite us to pay attention to the Spirit’s whispers and stirrings in our lives.
“The Fire” - Judy Brown
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.
So building fires
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.
When we are able to build
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.
We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.
simply because the space is there,
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.
Ten resources for opening your heart and mind to the Spirit’s stirring this Advent, making space for God’s light:
D365.org; #occupyAdvent; #AdventUs; Advent devotionals; the church’s facebook page has daily links to Advent resources; Lectionary Bible Study, 8:30 on Thursday mornings - we meet at Park Avenue; Longest Night service: Sunday night, December 21, 5 pm
Advent Prayers: 15 minutes, Tuesdays, 6:30 am; Saturdays, 6:30 am and 5 pm; Sundays with Soup, 5:45 pm; Discussion with the Schriebers, December 7: 11:30 am - talk with someone you might not agree with; listen to “others”
And may the God of hope fill you with Christ’s peace! Enjoy the Advent-ure!