Advent and Christmas Thoughts…
This Advent we are expecting some unusual colder weather given the way November has ended in this last week of the month. I remember our first Advent in Edmonton Alberta while I served a small rural church forty five minutes from the Capital. It was a small white church, with no running water. Lovefeast services required us to bring in water for coffee and for washing cups after our meal in the sanctuary. I came early to the service since my wife, Terri, had to play for the service that year.
In my haste, I forgot to use the bathroom at home before our journey. Just before the service. I needed to use the “facilities” as they called it. That was a daunting task since the “facilities” in question was a small white outhouse some 40 ft. behind the church. Did I mention it was probably 10 degrees above zero? Yikes… Needless to say, it was a chilling experience.
What are you expecting this Advent/Christmas? Will it be business as usual or are you facing new challenges and/or old ones perhaps? Could it be that you wish to increase your understanding of the events leading up to the Nativity, the prophecies of old regarding His Coming or even more important, a fresh new experience of The Christ in your life and understanding?
Our prayers for you and for all of us at Bethania, is simply to find the Joy of the Lord in your life and the Peace of Christ in your daily living. If this is a Season of Peace and Joy, the world at large cannot supply what you need my friends. Only God can bring true peace and joy to our hearts. Live into the Season by asking Jesus to fill you with His Spirit this year.
From all of us to all of you: “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight.”
Message from Pastor David Merritt