Minister's Message

Minister’s Message

 

When our family would take car trips, I, not our children, would typically say “are we there yet?” I have often said that I don’t like to go anywhere that is more than a three hour drive—those longer trips are what airplanes are for.

 

Being patient is difficult for many of us particularly during this time of the year. Stores are filled with Christmas displays; ads are everywhere reminding us how many shopping days are left until Christmas; and children, both young and old, seemingly can’t wait to see what is under the tree for them—and in our family, we have to wait until Christmas day for the unwrapping.

 

But, the season of Advent is more than waiting to see what Santa Claus will bring. Most of us are excited for the gifts that we will receive, but we also need to remember that Advent is the season of waiting and preparing to celebrate the greatest gift of all—the coming of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

 

As part of our Advent celebration at Church of the Covenant, each Sunday we will light a candle. The light of these candles signify the hope, peace, joy and love that the Christ child continues to bring to our world.  As the Gospel of John reminds us In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)

 

During this Advent season, let your light shine brightly on your friends, family, and community. Pause to con-template the real reason for the season. Share not only the presents that you make and buy, but also the grace that God has so freely given us. Give thanks that “14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Grace and peace, Barb