St. Andrew's UMC
Saturday, December 20, 2014
A Friendly, Caring Church

      A little girl in a red checked flannel nightgown grabs hold of the handrail    and runs behind her brothers. She alone will stop midway down the stairs, from  which the Christmas tree and Santa’s gifts can best be seen.  

      Unable to silence her squeal of delight and awe, her heart beats faster    and her stomach quivers even before she turns to look. It is the anticipation  of that first glimpse that fills her heart with such wonder and joy.

Advent is the grown-up staircase we are invited to descend on our way to Christmas morning.  It is the time of anticipation in which our hearts quicken and our souls flutter with awe.  We inhale deeply, filling our lungs with the life-changing power of God’s Spirit even as we wait to see what gift He has for us on Christmas morning.

And we wonder.

Deep in our souls we know that what we will find will be exactly what we need. In the midst of our own families there is anxiety, exhaustion, uncertainty, and, if we are honest, even loneliness. In the midst of God’s world—there is war, poverty, anger, and fear. But as we make our way toward Christmas, we know that what we will see will leave us and our world forever changed. 

 Isaiah 11: 6-7

The wolf shall live with the lamb,

    the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling together,

    and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze,

    their young shall lie down together;

    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

And  are hearts are filled with wonder.

 

See you in church~

 Pastor Juliet