Coffee With the Pastor
This past Sunday we began the season of Advent in our Church. As most of you know this is the season beginning four weeks before Christmas. It is as time of expectant waiting, not just for the celebration of Christ’s birth but of His promised return. It a season of celebration of the hope, love, joy, and peace that are a part of His promise to those who know Him. It is a living hope of eternal life, the love that He has for us not our love for Him, the joy that is unsearchable and full of glory, and the peace that passeth all understanding. These things are a part of the Christian experience on earth which will see its greatest fulfillment when Christ returns.
As Christians we believe them to be the fruit of the Spirit that comes from knowing Christ as Lord and Savior. They are not just attributes but are a person, Jesus Christ, and are a part of the unity we experience through the person of the Holy Spirit. They become real to us as we walk by faith in Him and mature in our walk.
My prayer for you as we walk through this season is that the hope, love, joy, and peace we celebrate this season will be a real part of your life experience not just during this season but throughout the new year and the rest of your life. To start anew on this journey would make for a real Merry Christmas.
Barb and I do wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and pray that the real gifts of the season will be yours.