One of the great longings of our hearts is to be connected with God and with each other. We are separated by many things—by the busyness of our lives, by distractions that pull us in many directions, by our inattention to virtues and thoughts that point us toward God. This Christmas, make a commitment to be connected to God and the ones you love. Come to Church. Worship with your sisters and brothers in Christ. Say “I love you,” to your family members. Pray. Open your Bible and read from the Psalms and Gospels. Reconnect your spirit with the Holy Spirit of God.
In a time when the world seems to rush on quickly, take time to reflect. If you have lost a loved one, you may find your thoughts and feelings near the surface in this season. Remembering them and recalling the blessings God has given you will enrich your life. Christ’s love is reflected by us as we practice being patient and kind. Picture a lovely calm lake; trees and sky reflected in the surface. Ask God to give you a calm and peaceful spirit reflecting the true meaning of this Holy Season.
Are you looking forward or backward? Do your thoughts pull you back toward old hurts, old memories, old habits? Advent is a time of expectation. When we set our sights on the coming of the Lord, we see the world through the eyes of Christ. Our expectations become shaped by the prophetic promises of justice, of mercy, of a future that is greater and better than we can ask or imagine.
Connect, Reflect, Expect
These three actions can change your life, put you in touch with God, and make this Christmastide exceptional. St. Mark’s is here to help. With your generous gifts, we are able to sustain over 225 worship services a year. Our buildings are open seven days a week to serve our members and our community. We provide food for five (5) hungry children a week, and gift boxes of food for their families at holiday time. We are there for you—in sickness and in health, to comfort and console, to congratulate and celebrate.
Our St. Mark’s Vestry and Officers and our St. Mark’s Staff—Daniel Weatherholt, Cindy Nelson, Trudie Holder, and the ever-present Andy McGinley; and my wonderful family—Rev. Allan+, Daniel and his fiancée Elizabeth Sipos+, & Stephen and Jaclyn--join me in wishing you a most blessed Christmastide and New Year celebration.
Peace and Christ’s Blessings, The Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt, Rector
Anne+ is the Rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans. She says,