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Pastor's Piece - From John C. Holliday
Christmas comes early this year! It really doesn't, but the
later date for Thanksgiving may make it feel that way. All of
this means that the season of Advent is even more at risk of
being lost than usual. I mourn that possibility because I love
the meaning and symbolism of the blue season of the liturgical
year so very much. Advent is as "counter cultural" a season
as there is for us in a consumer driven world. Its themes are quiet and contemplative
during a time when the world is loud and busy. It gives space for us to hope for help beyond
ourselves in a "do it yourself" culture. Waiting is to be embraced and celebrated in an
impatient society that wants to "do more quicker." Taken at a rapid glance these values may
seem "out of touch" with contemporary people, but a quick glance is not what Advent
advises. Advent beckons us to pay closer attention to the small signs that reveal God's great
love for us and the entire world. It invites us to be more patient with ourselves and to be
more loving and kind to our neighbors. It is a season that prepares us to focus on a Savior
who even now is trying to reach us and save us from self destructive tendencies that seek to
poison our lives and this world that God loves so very dearly.
Advent is a time for telling the story of Jesus, especially for those who do not know it. It
is a time for reviewing the story of our Savior's birth, and allowing that story to take a
deeper root in our lives. It offers a new beginning for folk of all ages. We do well to seek the
meaning and purpose of this abundantly rich time. During these busy weeks leading to
Christmas, don't let the deeper meaning of this time of spiritual preparation be lost in the
hustle and bustle of the secular season. Let Advent's pace give you space to breathe in
God's grace and give thanks for the abundant blessings God sends that are so easy to
overlook. Advent reminds us that even when we feel isolated and uprooted, when the world
seems dark and cold around us, there is hope beyond ourselves and our current
circumstances. This hope comes in small ways. It comes in human ways. It comes in
priceless forms with great love. The light is truly growing even though the darkness can
seem overwhelming and deep. Jesus Christ is coming to us! Advent prepares us for His
arrival, and focuses us on acknowledging how even now He is already here.
- Pastor John Holliday
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