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Pastor's Note

Comments from Rev. John Woodrow

“but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.” Mark 4:19 (NLT)

   I admit it. I am one of those people who gets distracted by shiny things. By “shiny” I mean some event or situation that takes my mind away from whatever I was working on. In the church office it has become almost humorous that my Admin. Assistant, Kris, will not give me anything to take home until it’s time for me to go home. The risk is too great that I will lay it down somewhere and it will be lost.

   This time of year as we go through the Advent Season, there is no shortage of “shiny” things out there to distract us. We have pretty lights, Christmas music (some of which has been playing since Halloween), and the retail industry working hard to get us to spend more than we can afford. In addition to all of this, there are seasonal gatherings, family and friend visits, and vast amounts of food presented to us in our all-to-often weakened states. Is it any wonder that we get so distracted that we forget what Christmas is supposed to be about?

    As Christians, it should be ever present in our hearts and minds that Christmas is first and foremost the celebration of the Birth of our Lord, Jesus. Do you remember the magical time as children when we anticipated that glorious morning when we would jump out of bed to see what was under the tree for us? Now as adults, we can have that same excitement if we keep our eyes open wide to never miss an opportunity to love on another of God’s children. Instead of being distracted by more material wealth none of us need or the abundance of food most of us will consume, let us rather make a deliberate attempt to find those of God’s children who struggle and perhaps lighten their load this Christmas. By doing this we will certainly have celebrated the Holy Birth in the best way possible, namely, reminding folks that “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight”.

Pastor John Woodrow

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