I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and perhaps you are still enjoying time with family and friends. Would it not be wonderful if we could develop a spirit of gratitude that lasted all year long? Studies have shown that thankful people are happier people and it’s easy to understand why.

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent season. It is a series of days and weeks that invite us to pause from the rush of our lives and take notice of what is happening within and around us, as we look toward celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. This can be one of the most challenging spiritual disciplines of all because we live in such a hectic, fast-paced world and slowing down to reflect seems rarely an option, especially this time of year.

Still, the invitation is ours to receive or not: slow down, pay attention, and stay alert to the surprising and unexpected ways that God might appear. And I assure you that if you accept this invitation as is, you will surely find God present in ways you could have never imagined.

The staff has once again written beautiful reflections to help guide your journey through this season. Starting Sunday morning until December 25th, you will receive in your inbox a message offered in love, and I hope you will receive them as the precious gifts they are.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy