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Christmas Trees

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The decorations in our home, at church, and all around town are constant reminders of the season and the celebration that is at hand.  Of all of those decorations, christmas trees have a special position of importance.  We have community gatherings to light the tree for the first time, we clear space in our living rooms to make a spot for our tree, we expect to see Christmas trees where ever there are decorations.  I remember being a child and marveling at the beauty of the tree in my living room.  It didn’t “feel” like Christmas until the tree was up and decorated.  I see that same wonder and excitement in our boys as they take in the beauty of our tree.

As a pastor I am always looking at the world through a theological lens, exploring how our traditions and practices influence and reflect our beliefs. 

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Waiting… and waiting…

Our waiting now is waiting for glimpses of what God is doing so that we can be a part of it.  If we don’t wait eagerly, we will miss it.  If we rush ahead, we might miss it.  It is God’s timing and God’s work, we must wait on the Lord. 

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I am one of the most impatient people I know.  I put on a good show because I know impatience is rude and unbecoming, yet as hard as I may try I am terrible at waiting patiently.

With our church Session (the Board) we have shared over the months what helps each of us to feel connected to God.  One of our elders shared that she feels most connected to God when waiting– that’s right WAITING.  Prior to that I had never considered waiting to be a spiritual discipline.  I had viewed it as a necessary reality, but not a gift or a blessing.  Since then, I have attempted to enter into that reality- to view waiting as spiritual.

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