Y’all Be Blessed!
It is December! Which means that we are on the precipice of the coming of Christ in Bethlehem as we start the season of Advent.
Frederich Buechner is one of my all-time favorite theologians and he wrote this about Advent:
"THE HOUSE LIGHTS GO OFF and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised the baton.
In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen.
You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff in the air of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you've never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart.
The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.
The Salvation Army Santa Claus clangs his bell. The sidewalks are so crowded you can hardly move. Exhaust fumes are the chief fragrance in the air, and everybody is as bundled up against any sense of what all the fuss is really about as they are bundled up against the wind-chill factor.
But if you concentrate just for an instant, far off in the deeps of yourself somewhere you can feel the beating of your heart. For all its madness and lostness, not to mention your own, you can hear the world itself holding its breath."
We have so much going on during Advent and I cannot wait to celebrate this holy season with all of you.
We will be beginning our new study from the book, “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian McLaren. I will have more plans for this on Sunday as we meet together for worship, but I am thinking it will have to be every week on Wednesday, alternating between Brownsville and North Mason.
I hope as many of you as can, will come to this study as it is very good! Again, I will have more of the particulars on Sunday.
Finally, I have had a wonderful time in Mississippi with friends and family. I was able to eat great food, go to the rivalry game of my alma mater, Mississippi State, and spend lots of time with my loved ones. Thank you all for extending me the gift of this time off to spend some of the holidays with my family.
I write this as I pack to head back to Washington and can’t wait for our time together during advent.
Be Blessed Y’all!