First Sunday in Advent 2018
Advent is a season of hope and expectation. The word “advent” means “coming” or appearance. During this gentle, quiet season which precedes Christmas we consider the ways God comes to us – in all times and various ways.
Oh, did I say “gentle, quiet” season? I know that is not our reality, but once upon a time Advent was quiet. No Christmas trees, no shopping, no carolers, no cookies. Those were all held back until the “Twelve Days of Christmas” – Christmas Day through January 5.
So much to be thankful for!
There are lots of things I don’t like in life. Lots of things that bother or bug me. But really, I am so fortunate. Perhaps you are, too.
I have a beautiful home. Many people don’t. I am amazingly healthy, and at 63 I need not to take that for granted. My wife Gretchen is an amazing life partner. My kids are all great, and now we have three grandchildren. I get to feast this Thanksgiving with one of them.
My home church is joyful and engaging. […]