Thanksgiving and Advent are peculiar times of the year. We spend a day in gratitude for all that we have, but we rush out the next morning to spend and spend on more and more. We have a season for quiet waiting, but we fill it with noise and activity. As the weather cools and the evenings lengthen, we know we should pace ourselves for the winter to come. Instead, we run a mad dash to January 1st and crash into the New Year.
I want to say that the church is counter cultural. I want to tell you that the church is a place that exhibits the truth of Thanksgiving and Advent. The truth is: we are busier than ever as the celebration of Christ’s birth approaches. We are rehearsing Christmas music, writing liturgies, and preparing bulletins. It is a busy season. It has been a busy time of transition. It has been a very, very busy 2019.
My prayer for each of you is one of rest. I hope that you are able to pause for a moment and soak in the beauty of God’s presence in our midst. I cannot promise an entire season of reflection. Rather, I pray that you would feel and know the love of God through Evensong worship, the music of the season, the warmth of Christmas Eve candles, the laughter throughout the church office, or the simple act of joining in prayer. May the Prince of Peace be a source of peace this Advent Season.
In gratitude for you all,