Grace and Peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ!
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Pastors Message for December
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Patient waiting is not something I'm especially good at. At the same time, it is a gift that is incredibly important. Breathing deep and slowly isn't something I do often. Often, it is one of the most holy and healing things to do.
Patience, waiting, breathing deep, slowing down... welcome to Advent. I may not be good at these things, but I love Advent's invitation to do each of them. This incredibly rich liturgical season of Hope, begins no sooner than the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put in tupperware and tucked away in the refrigerator. It extends until Christmas Eve, urging us to wait and to watch and to anticipate.
And while the world bends us over backward in busyness and preparation, Advent's graceful message invites us to be unconsumed by the consumerism of the world and let our minds and hands be uncluttered in eager and joyful anticipation of the birth of a baby.
So be patient, wait, breathe deep, slow down... perhaps we'll each pray these things for one another during this lovely season, looking forward together to the birth of Jesus.