Tis the Most Wonderful Time of the Year….
I love Fall – October and leaving turning colors and temperatures dropping. November with lots of holidays and time off from school. Then comes December and Advent and Christmas and carols and singing and lights. but this is busiest time of year too. Candy to buy and hand out, fruits and nuts to buy and bake into cakes, cakes and pies to decorate and all the food to eat. ‘Tis truly a season to be thankful.
But how many of us take the time to truly be thankful? Do you pray regularly? Giving thanks and praise for all that you have in your life? Or do you merely survive one holiday to spring into action for the next?
Our pastors are delivering a series of sermons on committing ourselves to God. First we talked about reading the Bible regularly and yesterday Pastor Erin reminded us to pray regularly while in her PJs. (Nice touch, Erin.) . My mother asked as we drove home if I read my Bible regularly and I had to answer no, but I get a verse a day on my phone, does that count? It doesn’t really count if you don’t take time to read it.
But it is the busy season. I have places to go and people to see and things to do and food to eat Practice for the Christmas Play and Christmas Cantata and after-Christmas Choral show are coming up. I’m not in the choir, but still… it is the busy season.
God knows you are busy. He is busy too. But like your parents and grandparents, He would like to hear from you.. Unlike your parent, God is easier to get hold of. Any time, any place, you can pray! You can pray while pulling weeds from a stone garden, or driving to the next event or practice, or right as you are going to sleep, or right when you get up. There are no special words to say, nothing special formula that has to be followed. God would get bored if we all said the same thing everyday the same way.
So take the time to pray! Call your Father! then call mom and dad too.
This evening, DUMC’s United Methodist Women hosted a Mother-Daughter Potluck Dinner. It was great! There are a lot of great cooks in our midsts. Chicken, ham, turkey and stuffing, salads, and casseroles filled the tables. Tea, lemonade, water, and coffee was on hand. I was stuffed during the meal and again now just thinking about it.
The program that followed was a tribute to all women. Some Psalms were read, a devotional about women followed, and a retelling of the interactions of Jesus and his mother continued the theme. Then Rev Erin Daniels and her family filled the sanctuary with song. Songs of praise were beautifully harmonized by three generations of the Gibson women, even included the little ones in the presentation. Despite the technically issues that were had, the ladies made a lovely presentation.
It was a wonderful thing to see my church family come together to celebrate the female strength that is helpful to so many in so many ways. Thanks to the UM Men for cleaning up after the dinner. That was a nice touch to a wonderful evening.
Today Pastor Erin took the reigns of the traditional services. (Pastor Teresa busied herself with the children’s church group.) As the Candle of Love was lit, Erin asked us all, “How does God’s Love show through us?” How do we show the world that God Loves every one?
Do you do it by trying to exit the office “Holiday” party as quickly as possible or planning for a friend to call with an “emergency” at a certain time when you are to be a family gathering?
How about holding the door for a stranger? Helping a worker-bee load an oversized load onto a cart when it isn’t even your purchase that he is getting? Giving extra to the pot to buy for the working poor family that is falling through the cracks at the welfare office? Are these little tokens enough for someone to say that they see God in us?
“How will they know we are Christians?” the old hymn sings. “They will know by our love, by our love. They will know we are Christians by our love.”
This is a hectic season for most. But please try to take the time to be kind, generous, and patience. For it is thorough our actions, our little tokens of kindness, that people will see God’s Love thorough us.