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Dear Members and Friends,
This Sunday~ Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12
This second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of peace. Last we we focused on hope. Hope and peace, as lovely as they are, take on a completely new quality when they come during darkness, or out of suffering. We don’t just focus on pretty words that make us feel good. We long for these in a time when we and the world are starving for them. To take in, with compassion the suffering of those around us, is to long with them, for that which illumine and shine so that we might see again. The oppressed, the grieving, the sick and the hurt; Isaiah saw clearly. Out of the experience of death came visions of peace. From a stump grows new life.
How do we see as Isaiah saw? From hearing the cry of the lone voice in the wilderness calling on us to repent. Repentance is one of those church words we shy away from because we hear a televangelist thumping a bible and warning us to repent or else! But look beyond your association with the word towards what the word actually means. To repent is to change our entire orientation away form the world, and towards Christ. Starting over, beginning again, changing directions, reorienting ourselves, all in the direction of birth, a new creation, these things of Advent; hope, peace, joy and love… Can you choose them all over again, as though it were the first time and as though it might be the last time?
In our Prayers-
We hold Jo Mann in our prayers following the death of her daughter who suffered a heart attack. Jo has experienced much loss and remains an inspiration to those who know and love her. We take comfort in resurrected life, and ask for grace as Jo moves through these days.
We also continue to pray for Mary Hill and her family. Dick’s service is Dec 10th at 2:00 and we look forward to celebrating his life together.
We hold Ada and Clive in our prayers after the death of Ada’s sister in law Gigi who was in Ada’s life for over 50 years.
And finally prayers for Skipper Cumming’s co-worker’s husband who died in a car crash yesterday, leaving behind there young daughters.
Our list of those to pray for is long. Our hearts grow heavy as did the hearts of the people Isaiah was speaking to. And it is in the spirit of these long nights and short days, that we peacefully make room in the inn’s of our heart, offering a space for others to rest, all in the spirit of the Christ Child; the one we wait for, prepare for, and will welcome on Christmas morn once again.