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November 20, 2013, 9:30 AM

Do you see what I see?

“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father...  Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”  But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” 
MATTHEW 24:36,42-44 NRSV

Can you believe it is that time of year again? It seems like only yesterday you and I were celebrating our first Advent season together. I thank God for each and every one of you, yes every one of you, everyday and I pray for you all continuously.

I wonder do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? Do you see the star rising in the sky...again? Do see the dawn on high breaking down upon us?

Each week I walk in amongst you all and try to teach, I try to step out of the way and let the Holy Spirit enter into the conversation. Each week I am energized ( are you surprised...lol?) just as I begin to shake your hands. All of the "stuff" the week brought seems to lift off of my shoulders.

Anne Lamott tells a story in which she didn't feel she could even go to church because she didn't quite have the right attitude, she would be a "buzzkill." Then suddenly she remembered something her pastor told the community of believers in one of her sermons...sometimes "you think you need to get it together before you come to God and community , but actually, you may not be ABLE to get it together until you come to God and community." She reminded me that it was once said that "80% of life is just showing up." She "got her 'joice back ...she rejoiced" (Anne  Lamott, Facebook posting Nov. 18,2013)

We come not as a body, smooth and full, happy with no problems or concerns but a body chipped and maybe even broken and leaking, a body with worries about health, jobs, age, family, friends. But I ask you to reflect that we are called to reflect the face of Jesus, the light of our world and in that reflection we have the opportunity to bring a piece of that light within us to bring peace to those around us. So as Leonard Cohen suggests light not only comes in via the cracks it also shines out of them!

We are not built to go it alone...
   God gives us each other...
      Yes, the Body of Christ.
         You and me with God's only begotten Son
            so we might contribute and
               be part of the body...
                  to heal and be healed.

The good news, the news that we should be thankful for, ready for is that the unexpected hour has come and we celebrate the Son who was born, whose light shined on us, who taught, who died, who rose for us. Each and every one of us has light shining through our cracks that heal each other when we see that light. The light that comes from that little babe, in the manger growing up to save each and every one of us. The little babe that brings us back into the right relationship with our loving God. The little babe's hand reaching up and out towards us.

You and I are called to offer the helping hand, the glancing smile, the warm embrace that will ....notice I didn't say might...will brighten someone's day...and perhaps yours will be too!  Sing loud...Smile brightly...Grasp the hands you touch more firmly and stay awake because the Son has come ....lowly, in a manger of humble beginnings a stature of the Living God.

The time is upon us... We will gather and worship. We will sing familiar songs. Perhaps we will smile more brightly and we will give thanks for each other in this Season of Advent. We gather together as the body of Christ, on Sundays, on The Longest Night, and on Christmas Eve... we give thanks for our King.. the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace who reigns forever and ever.  AMEN!

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

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