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Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
During this season of Advent we hear in worship about John the Baptist, - “the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, “Prepare the way for the Lord.”” (Matthew 3:4) In our society we are also encouraged to prepare, to be ready – to buy our presents, to put up our decorations, to prepare for our parties, and more. There can be much joy in all these activities, but as this week’s chapter in our Advent Study book, “All Earth is Waiting” reminds us, there are different and more important ways we need to “clear the way” for Christmas in our lives.
Advent is a time of waiting and of expectation, which is in contrast to our society, and perhaps our human nature, which encourages us to a desire for instant gratification. Advent is a time to reflect on the journey toward God coming alive more fully in the journey of our lives. Our Jewish sisters and brothers celebrate Hanukkah this week reflecting in similar ways. This “Festival of Lights” is a reminder of a time the Jewish people resisted the empire’s attempt to accept its culture and beliefs instead of a belief in God. A small group of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth and reclaimed the temple and rededicated it to God. They lit the Temple’s menorah with the only oil they had left – a one day supply – but it lasted for eight days! It is this miracle symbolized in the eight days of Hanukkah.
My prayer is that during this season you too will resist “the empire’s attempt to accept its culture and beliefs.” Instead, as Edward Hays wrote, “take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.” Advent is a time to clear the way in our lives for God to come alive in our own lives. Of course, all of this is not just a seasonal activity, it is simply a special reminder of our call to live our lives with the expectation that God’s love will come alive in all we do.
So, as we move through this season of Advent, lighting the candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, feel these lights shining within you. And join with our church family in the journey of Advent. See you in church.
Grace and peace,
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