Several pastors I know do not like to use Christmas Carols during advent. Churches tend to hate this. They hate to wait until Christmas because they want it to feel like Christmas all through lent. I think this is because in America we hate to wait. Perhaps during the upcoming advent season you and your family can find some anticipation amid a season of craziness. Perhaps you can learn to appreciate the excitement of anticipation… Perhaps you will more fully embody Christ when you learn of the excitement of His coming!
The ordained ministry is a sacred trust. We have already sacrificed that trust, now we must repair the damage the best we can.
All I can hope for, now, is to find some peace through distance and hope that he can, as well.
It was such a relaxing fun night. I hope I have a chance to do more activities with the Pittsfield church.
This is a question that I ask us all to ponder. “How is it with your soul?” Take a dry erase marker and write it on your bathroom mirror or put this question up on your refrigerator door. Take moments throughout your week (or day) to think about how it is with your soul: looking beyond the everyday and looking to “the heart of the matter.”
I hope that we can all find ways to live more simply and give more richly. I believe that is what God is calling us to!