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December 4, 2014, 12:02 PM

Advent teaches us that Christ has come and Christ will come again


     St. Luke’s Newsletter

               December 2014    

 

A good friend of mine used to tell me “Lindsay, the main thing is to maintain,” meaning “no matter what happens stay focused!” He was in law enforcement and that was apparently important for him to remember.   I suppose “to maintain” could also refer to the importance of planning and preparation both of which happens to be important themes in Advent!

Indeed Advent is the time for getting ready for what lies ahead in our lives.  It is a time to step back, reflect and make plans so that we can do a good job of staying focused especially when it comes to faith because Lord knows we will be tested.  A month of getting ready can mean a year of living well in the faith.

Advent teaches us that Christ has come and Christ will come again.  Therefore we look to the future with hope and expectation.  But the difficulties of life often draw our attention away from what God promises.  It is at those times I try to remember the words of Jesus, “I am with you until the end of ages,” as well as the words of my friend, “Lindsay the main thing is maintain!” 

Challenges will arise for us all in 2015.  “The main thing is to maintain!” We can do this by making plans to pray, worship, serve, give, help, love, and above all remember to look to Christ for hope!  Have a wonderful Advent. 

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jeff

PS.  A great family activity idea is

To make your own Advent wreath!


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