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Thirty Days ‘Til… Advent!!!

Advent “is a time of anticipation, expectation, an electric buzz in the air that reminds us that something great is afoot.” (Clare Brauer-Rieke, on her Interfaith Power and Light blog).

Each Sunday in December, we will build on that anticipation as we focus in liturgy and worship on the hymn, “A Canticle of Turning.” Our Liturgical Arts Team has fashioned art for the Season as well. That hymn sets us up for hearing the astonishing word of “Immanuel” in the Christ child of Christmas. Share with us this season this message from our Advent hymn:

My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears,
For the dawn draws near,
And the world is about to turn.

Thanks for Everything!

My friend Julie Peeples, a pastor in Greensboro shared with me a story of a heroin addict, Aeric McCoy, living in Baltimore, MD., who found a purse. He discovered a wallet, bills and personal items belonging to Kaitlyn Smith. He began a long journey across the city to her address. Kaitlyn was walking with a friend in her neighborhood when she saw a man with a tattered, dirty white shirt and jeans carrying her pocketbook! She went up to him and offered to buy the pocketbook, and he refused saying he needed to return it to the woman who lived a few blocks away. He said the reason he was doing this was that someone weeks earlier had stolen his sleeping bag from the house where he had been living. Over the next months, Katelyn started a Go Fund Me account for Aeric. He went to a rehab Center, got supplies back for his business and picked up where he left off before he had surgery and got addicted to the pain medications. The original thefts appeared to be a travesty. But both Kaitlyn and Aeric agreed those events turned out to be “divine intervention.”

This is the season of Thanksgiving. We celebrate it here with great emotion because we do not want to take for granted the occasion to say “Thank You.” There are “Thank You’s” to be shared on every level of our relationships, beginning and ending with thanks to our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.