Beloved in Christ,
As I write this note I am sitting in the Worthington Mall on a weekday morning. It is quiet and peaceful. It’s a bit too early for many shoppers to be out and about. Time and care have been put into decorating the mall. It is filled with trees, wreaths, and ribbons. While it is quiet right now, the air is filled with an anticipation of something more to come.
I am reminded of the Advent season, the time in our liturgical year where we wait with anticipation for the coming of God incarnate, Jesus Christ. It is an incredibly unique, and if we allow it, challenging time in the Christian calendar. What does it mean for us to wait for something which has already arrived? Jesus Christ has already arrived, lived, died, and been resurrected. And yet we wait.
This season I encourage you to reflect on what it means to wait for something which has already arrived. How are you opening yourself up to experiencing God in new and deeper ways? Where do you see God’s activity in your life and the lives of others? What spiritual disciplines could you invest or re-invest in to maintain a continual awareness of God’s Spirit?
As I continue to write, a young child just stopped to marvel at the Christmas tree beside my table. As she paused to look, she exclaimed loudly to her mother, “Look mom! That tree is so big and pretty!” As you encounter God this Advent season, may you be in awe of God and marvel at God’s majesty and beauty.
-Grace and Peace, Pastor Jennifer