December 2016 Newsletter
December 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Grace and peace y’all!

It’s December! Wow! We’ve been doing this pastor and people thing for a little over a year and a half. Time sure does fly doesn’t it?

I really do love this time of year. I think I like it for reasons that are a bit different than what everybody else enjoys during this time as we approach the end of the year.

Sure, I enjoy the music, the lights, the cooler weather. I enjoy the movies (Elf is still my favorite movie from this time of year) and I even enjoy that jolly ol’ fat guy too. I love the aspect of spending time with friends and family, giving of ourselves to help those in need, having our hearts grow to bursting to care for those around us. Sometimes you just can’t help, but be caught up in all of this.

However, as much as I enjoy this time of year and what it leads to, it’s not all that stuff I listed that really stokes the flames of my soul. What I love about this time of year is that we are in the season of Advent. A time where amid the hustle and bustle of the world around us, we get to pause. In the midst of the world screaming at us (since October mind you) that Christmas is coming and we better be ready; we get to wait.

Now, anyone who has children, works with children, or has seen a child knows that ‘waiting’ is not one of our strong suits as creations of God. We don’t like to wait. We live in an age where we are instantly gratified in all sorts of ways. We can immediately download, stream, or acquire an item at the push of a button. We now have the ability to literally print objects we need (or don’t need). It’s a good time to be alive.

But, in Advent the message we hear is to wait. To be patient. Though, I think we misinterpret what God is telling us in how we are supposed to wait. It isn’t so much that we ‘wait’ like we tell our children or our parents told us – wait, be quiet, don’t move. No, that isn’t what God means by being patient during this season.

Patience means preparation. Patience means slowing down. Patience means living in joy for what is to come, what has come, and what is here in the birth of Christ our Lord.

So, as I wait, I don’t just sit on my hands and wait in anticipation. I’m invited – we are invited – into service and a life lived in faith for those around us – now more than ever.

Yes, Advent is my favorite time of the year because God tells me – tells us – slow down, I’m coming to see you. Be prepared. It’s going to be awesome.

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