Pastor’s ponderings

As of today, Oct, 22nd, it is now only:

  • 34 days until Thanksgiving
  • 37 days until Hanging of the Greens, the 1st Sunday of Advent, and the start of the new Christian year
  • 64 days until Christmas
  • 70 days until 2022

How about that?  Where has 2021 gone?  It is nearly over!  295 days have passed and now the very busy holiday season is once again upon us.  Time keeps marching forward, whether we are ready for it, or not.  So, the big question is – are you ready?  Have you prepared for what is ahead?  Have you made ready the preparations necessary for what we all know is soon to come?

            This past week, I found myself working very hard as the Spirit caused me to have to make new preparations for what lies before us the rest of this year.  I had originally planned a specific series for Advent, but due to some changes in scheduling, that plan had to be scrapped.  When that happened, I was initially a bit frantic – there isn’t a lot of time to figure this out!  Advent is barely over a month away. What do I do now?  How can we make this time of year special for everyone?

            I subsequently found myself praying and discerning how things would now look, and I don’t mind saying – I am much more excited now than I was beforehand!  Oh my, how the Spirit works!  What initially looked like chaos is now molding into a beautiful series on “Making Preparations.”  I can’t wait to share with you what the Spirit has shared with me!

            So, as this busy season quickly approaches, make preparations, brothers and sisters, but not just in your homes and workplaces, but also in your heart and spirit.  Let us rejoice together that there is a reason for the forthcoming season – The Reason.  Invite your friends and family to join with us in these weeks to come, for I promise, even in the hustle and bustle of the world around us, we all will find this time together to be a blessing.  Are you pondering how?  Well, come and see.  Until then, keep on pondering…

                                                            Pastor Steve

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