Pastor’s Pen – December 2007

It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the Advent season. As I write this, there are still leaves on the trees. It has been neat this week to marvel at God’s creation. To watch as He has painted in all the beautiful colors. I am thankful for the rain that we have had of late.
By the time you get this, Thanksgiving will have passed us by and my prayer is that you took the time to give thanks to God for the love and mercy and grace that He has showered on you during this past year.

As we approach this Advent/Christmas season, I again want you to what the season is all about. This will be my eighth season working retail. It gets very easy to get cynical of the whole season. But just because everyone else is running around like a chicken with their head cut off trying to find that “perfect” present doesn’t mean that we need to be part of that. I want to encourage you to explore what this season really means.

Just to get a little different take on it. Listen to John’s gospel from The Message.

The Word was first, the Word present to God,present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.

We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

Think about that, the Word (that is God) became flesh and blood and he came to dwell here among us or move in the neighborhood. We call that the (and here is one of those $5 words) incarnation.

Jesus came to earth to dwell with his creation. He came to make God known to us. He came to die for our sins. He came to raise himself up to show his power and might and to conquer death, the grave, and hell. He ascended back to heaven to prepare a place for those He calls His children.

That’s a counter-cultural message. It’s not about us. It’s not about the gifts, but it is about Jesus. Make Him your focus of this Advent season. I love you all, Pastor Dale

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