December 2014



Happy Holidays (holy days) - Happy Advent - Merry Christmas!!

These are all ways to express the joys of the sacred and time in which we give our praise and
thanks to God for coming to be with us in the flesh. How will you remember God, when this
world reminds to take a break or vacation from work and from your religious practice? Will you
remember God in your in your expressions of the season?

A few days ago, as I shared in the practice of devotions and reading the Bible, these verses spoke
to me when the apostle Paul established the church in Corinth on his second missionary tour and
he send them a letter reminding them/us of how he came and of how God comes to us.

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you
in lofty words or wisdom…but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith
might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit.
I Corinthians 2 (selected verses)

I write this article as we approach Thanksgiving and the last Sunday in the liturgical Church year. We are already seeing stores decked for the holiest time of the year and commercials aired to touch the emotional side of this season of gift giving. Remember my friends the greatest gift given was Jesus Christ. God didn’t come with some lofty or complicated rules or words to follow. God comes as the Son, born on Christmas morning, to a couple, in a town, and a place that we would not expect. What will be the events and people you will see during this time that you will not expect, at times and places you will not imagine?

As Christians we have this opportunity to turn this highly secularized time of the year into holy days, remembering God’s preparation, and gift given to a world that is broken, confused, wounded, and to busy for all sorts of reasons to recognize God’s presence. You can make room and time, you can demonstrate this gift of the Holy Spirit and the power of God, by what you say and by how you
practice your faith in this season. It’s not about brow beating or making others conform, its about God, breaking into this world. It’s about an invitation to include all, not with judgment and condemnation. It’s about the Spirit of God’s grace that comes in the stillness of the night, through labor pains and joy, screaming and awe. There in the midst of it all God is here breaking through in your days to be made known.