It has been another full week! Two services, back-to-back, remembering the lives of loved ones. Completing week 5 of radiation treatments. Praying that the last two weeks are as good as the first five have been. And it’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas!
What fun it was last Sunday to see our churches transformed by the addition of the Advent wreath, Christmas tree and ornaments, poinsettias, and other special decorations. Much thought, prepar-ation, arranging, and rearranging goes into this transformation. Thank you, dear ones, for beautifying our sacred space.
The season of Advent is a time of preparation … a time to prepare “the way” and prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming. The preparation doesn’t happen overnight, of course. It takes time. Time to imagine how God sees us and if God thinks we’re living according to God’s purposes. Time to remember, make decisions, and do some rearranging if that’s what we think God wants us to do.
A wise soul exclaimed to me once, “You know, we’re never gonna know what God is asking us to do in our daily lives if we’re not even talking to God. And how can we expect to hear God if we’re not listening?” Good point.
Keep the communication lines open. Pray. Take time each day to show your devotion to God. Pick up a daily devotional booklet at church and read it. Give the Holy Spirit a chance to prepare you, transform you, for this season … and for the rest of your life.
God, prepare us to receive your son. Amen. Grace and peace …
Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve Services
Milligan – 4 PM Fairmont – 6 PM
Christmas Eve is always a special time in the life of the church. This year will be as well. Worship will be geared toward celebrating the birth of Jesus with special music, scripture, and Christmas hymns. My hope is that it will be welcoming and meaningful to all of us, as well as to our family and friends that we bring with us to share in this joyous time. If you have special music or other talents to share, please let me know. I hope you will be able to join us at either worship time on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas! God bless you! --Pastor Pat