Advent is here, the beginning of the church year. While all the stores, radio and television channels become all about Christmas way too early, we take a step back from the Christmas rush to prepare and ponder what it means for our broken world to wait for a Savior. For us
We celebrate advent using several colors. In some traditions
We celebrate Advent not just to remember the hope of God’s people waiting for Jesus long ago, but also as God’s people who wait for Jesus to come again now. We are still waiting!
It was around this time two years ago that Community Lutheran was searching and preparing for a new pastor. What were they feeling? What were their hopes and dreams? What would change? While they waited, I was going through some of my own preparation; wondering and waiting as Caitlin and I thought about our future in a new place with new people.
I invite you to reflect upon a time of waiting in your life. What was it like to anticipate change? How might that be similar to us as we wait for Jesus? While we wait for Jesus, know the Holy Spirit is with us and beside us, guiding and preparing all of us.
This year I chose the theme is Waiting for Jesus: Faith, Hope
As I begin thinking about a new year, lots of things pop in my head. A year full of possibility something planned other things have yet to even be thought of. God is calling us to new adventures and down a few paths untrodden and unknown. We are reminded that Jesus Christ comes to us as Emmanuel “God with Us.” Let us rest in this promise.
I hope that this Advent and Christmas, Christ makes himself known to you in a meaningful way. Have a happy and blessed celebration here in our community and with your family.