Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Reflection. As an educator and a minister of word and service, this concept is something that I have learned to embrace. It’s actually become daily practice. I would hope that many of us find ourselves at the end of each year taking time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past year, and how our lives have changed over the course of twelve months which seem to pass more quickly as we grow older. With the anticipation of the Advent season which will soon begin, we Christians find ourselves in a pattern or reflection, and anticipation. While the memory of moments-past are still fresh, we must seek to learn how to use our skills, gifts, time, and effort better to reflect our calling in this world. We anticipate once again the joy of a newborn baby who came into this world to save us all.
Reflection and anticipation. They are complimentary, really. The world says that as a new year begins, we should make “resolutions” to better ourselves, perhaps by breaking a bad habit, eating better, exercising more, getting more sleep, drinking or smoking less, and the list goes on. But, one of the exciting things about being a Christian is that we don’t need to wait until the first of January to begin anew. Our fresh start awaits us each and every morning when our eyes open and we take our first conscious breath of the day. Through the power of Jesus’ saving grace, we live with anticipation of what is to come, knowing that our eternal lives have been purchased for us by a love that we cannot possibly comprehend.
As Thanksgiving occurs and quickly passes to memory and we find ourselves again in the hopeful anticipation of Advent, I invite and encourage you to spend time in quiet reflection. Always give thanks to God for your blessings, those you can identify, and those perhaps hidden from you. Hold your loved ones close and occasionally pause to store up in your minds and hearts the memories being made with those in your life. I also encourage you to anticipate the needs of others. As I shared from the pulpit in October, we must continually seek to identify those among us who may not have a voice in this world and could benefit from our compassion, assistance, attention, and prayer.
Brothers and Sisters, I pray that we humbly reflect and continue to gather in joyful anticipation of all that is to come for our congregation, community, and the whole church; through which we find true peace that is offered to us through Christ, Jesus.
I continue to appreciate your prayers. Serving as your deacon and continues to be a true blessing in my life. Peace be with you. +