As we look with anticipation to the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, I invite you this season to take time to reflect on how your faith has enriched your life. Typically, this time of year is full of things to do, places to go, and people to see. Those are all special and I love the joy that these things can bring to my life. What a gift to meet with my friends over coffee, or shop for something special for my kids, or bake our favorite cookies to eat while we put up the Christmas tree. This time of year brings us together.
That sense of community is made even more special when it is centered on our faith and grounded in the coming of Christ, when we not only spend time together but allow that time to be a time of thanksgiving and praise. This year, I invite you to find opportunities for reflection on how your Christian faith has shaped your life. How has the example of Jesus - an unlikely king, a humble servant, a brave advocate, and a grounded spiritual teacher, formed you as a person of faith? How do you find moments to serve, learn, worship, give and grow?
Our Advent schedule is full this year! I hope you take time to explore Morning Prayer on Wednesdays or read a special Advent devotional. Help us hang the greens and decorate cookies. Commit to coming each Sunday and see how the season might unfold anew for you. Make this season a time for spiritual renewal and growth. May you be truly blessed by friends and family, by this church, and by the anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ.