A Note from our Rector...
Slow down…but don’t become stagnant.
As we enter into this incarnational season, we are called to slow down and let go of distractions. To prepare our hearts and homes for the coming of Christ. Maybe a good way to describe this time of year is a season of slow anticipation. For me, that slowing down requires a couple of things. It requires time for silence. It requires time for prayer. It requires time for worship. And, it requires time for community, time to be together as the body of Christ in this holy season.
My guess is that during this last year and a half, we have become comfortable with solitude. That can be a good thing. But if we aren’t careful our solitude easily slips into stagnation. Are you still sitting at home on Sunday mornings, comfortable in your pajamas? Are you finding other distractions to fill your mornings…things besides time with God? If so, are you slipping into stagnation when it comes to your life of faith?
We have all been there. However, the importance of slowing down at this time of year isn’t meant to deprive us of community, especially in this joyful season. As one podcast recently encouraged its listeners…be willing to practice a preference for God. I love that idea. So, slow down and invite God more fully into your life. Slow down and be grateful for the opportunity to worship our Lord and Savior. Slow down and look around at how you can better love your neighbor. Slow down, but don’t become stagnant.
Enter into this season ready to welcome Christ in new ways back into your hearts and homes. Put aside distractions. Take in the goodness and the glory of God's incredible gift to each and every one of us. And, with joy, live as Christ's own.
I hope you all have a blessed Advent.