Friday, December 21, 2018
“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
During this season of Advent, as I look at Trinity Church with just a dusting of snow, I am reminded of two of God’s wonderful gifts.
The first is the quiet, calm beauty of a freshly falling snow. For me, snowfall is God’s way of saying, “Slow down, and appreciate my creation.” Certainly, as Christmas approaches, we get busier and our schedules become more chaotic. In Richmond we don’t often get snow before Christmas, but focusing on the scripture, “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth” gives me that same comforting message. I need to be reminded, and sometimes I hear God whispering those very words to me.
The second gift is the physical structure where we meet, support, and nurture each other as we gather to worship God and celebrate the birth of his son. As Christmas approaches, there is a heightened sense of community as we remember the story of Jesus’ birth. I love the Christmas pageant with the children eagerly participating to tell the story of how this celebration had its beginnings. The service of lessons and carols is equally beautiful each year, even though it’s never exactly the same as the year before. I anticipate the arrival of the Chrismon tree with its sparkling symbols of Christianity. The sanctuary is festive with the addition of poinsettias and seasonal greens. There is a sense of warmth and generosity, and there are opportunities to share what we have with others.
We have been blessed abundantly! Let us remember to serve and be mindful of the needs of our brothers and sisters as we continue this season of Advent.