Pastor’s Ponderings Dec2015

Advent Christmas Bulletin Template

By the time you receive this issue of our newsletter, we will have already observed our first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a very special time in our Christian year. Its 4 weeks mark a time leading up to Christmas, a time in which we are waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We remember how the world waited to receive him as a babe in a manger; our hearts yearn for his return as Prince of Peace to set the whole world aright.

Waiting. Waiting is the operative word.

I really don’t like to wait, do you?

I remember a waiting time when I was about 7 years old and my sister, Jan, was only 5. As soon as our father came home from work or right after supper, we would beg him to play a game with us. Dad usually didn’t oblige because he was tired, but this one time he did . . . or so we had thought.

“Ok, ok,” our father said. “We’ll play a new game. It’s called The Farmer and the Pigs. I will be the farmer and you two are the pigs that got out of the pen. You run and hide, and when I hear you go ‘oink, oink’ I will come and find you.”

“Promise?” I said. “Yes, I promise,” Dad replied.

Jan and I excitedly ran off through the house and hid together behind a bed. “Oink, oink,” we squealed. We waited. We oinked again and again louder each time. Jan turned to me and said, “He’s not coming. He is asleep on the floor like always (for some reason, our dad loved to stretch out on the floor as he watched TV).”

“No, he’s not,” I argued. “He will come for us. He promised!”

Jan would not believe this and went off to see if she was right. She was. She reported back and laughed, then she skipped off to find something else to do. I sat there stunned. I was crushed. He had promised!

Our lives are filled with waiting times and, often, broken promises. Waiting becomes hard when our hopes and dreams and, at times, when even childlike requests do not come to pass.

The good news about Advent is that Jesus will come. We who believe in him will live and reign with him in his kingdom forever. God our Father has promised! And God’s promises are never broken!

As we wait, may we be filled with hope; may God’s love be birthed anew in all our hearts!

Blessings to you this Advent season and a very joyous Christmas and New Year as well!

In Christ’s love, Pastor Lynn

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