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Fourth Sunday of Advent – A Reflection

December 22, 2019

What a wonderful day of worship where we ordained and installed our new class of Ruling Elders and Deacons! This afternoon and evening we have been preparing for the arrival of family.

Yet as I reflect this evening on the Holy Day which approaches, my heart is heavy. It is heavy because I know that for many this will not be a special day. Children are hungry… families struggle to keep a roof over their heads or to find shelter for the night… many around this world live in violence-torn war zones…

While our stockings are hung by the chimney with care, many don’t even have socks for their feet. My prayer is with all who suffer this and every night.

These words of Thomas Merton ring true to my heart: I believe that, where the Lord sees the small point of poverty, extenuating, helplessness… He himself cannot refuse to enter this anguish, to take flesh in it so to speak, making it instantly a small seed of infinite joy and peace and solitude in the world. (Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander)

So as we enter into this holy season, may we never forget that ALL of God’s children, our family, is wrapped in the arms of our loving God.

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