This past Sunday, during communion, I made the sign of the cross on two year-old Luke and said the usual blessing. Luke gave me a big grin and asked, "Is Jesus getting closer?" Whoa. Now I was the one who was grinning, blown away by this child's perspective on what we are about this Advent season. It felt like getting the best Christmas present ever - and getting it early at that. "Yes, Jesus is getting closer," I told Luke. And he is. Our Advent lessons tell of Jesus' life as he began his Galilean ministry, echo John the Baptist's cry to prepare the way of the Lord, describe Jesus as the light of the world, and sing Mary's willingness to be part of God's salvation plan. That's a lot to fit in a baby born in a simple manger. The truth is that the baby we are waiting to welcome into the world has already been here for all time. He reigns over this world with power, compassion, wisdom and love. He is at this very moment redeeming this world, in all its ugliness, terror and violence. He is the perfect love that casts out all fear. As we watch and wait for the Messiah to arrive, we do so in confidence, knowing that Jesus is getting closer. Thank you, Luke.
This evening's Advent Meal and Holden Evening Prayer will be at 5:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd, as will next Wednesday's. Thank you, members of Zion, for providing tonight's meal.
This coming Sunday, December 13, both congregations will meet at their usual times for the Hanging of the Greens service.
Please keep Beth Deskins in your prayers as she mourns the death of her step-father, Roland Haskins. Also, please pray for Nancy Hayes, who worshipped at Zion before moving to Illinois, and for her spouse, Linda LaDeur. Nancy is in the final days of her earthly life.