Lord, change our circumstances for the better, like dry streams in the desert waste! Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts. —Psalm 126:4-5

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The season of Advent is about waiting for Jesus’ coming to save God’s people. This scripture verse is asking God to help us, make us happier, and restore our lives. God has done this in my life by introducing me and my family to Trinity UMC and some of the wonderful ministries offered here. In the picture above, I am practicing handbells on a Sunday night with the youth handbell choir. After practice, I most likely attended youth group. The fellowship that has been offered to me through handbells and youth group is a way that I see, experience, and spread God’s love. All week long, I look forward to Sunday nights and the time where I can hear God’s word with friends.

Music is also a great way for people to hear God’s message. Playing the handbells has helped me to hear God through something other than talking and scripture. The beauty that God helped me create through the handbells was amazing. Both the music and the friends have been God’s way of making me happier and restoring me every week. In this season of Advent, we need to think about how God wants us to focus and prepare for the coming of Jesus.

Annabelle Glassman