Happy Thanksgiving! I love this time of year and all the excitement that surrounds it. As a church, we are also diving into the season of Advent next week. The holidays are here! Christmas is coming! Are you in the Spirit?
|I guess there is somebody else who knows how to pack their|
bike better than me :)
Earlier this week, I wound up shopping and running a bunch of errands. For some people, shopping gets them into the Holiday Spirit… That has never been the case for me. I went out early with a list of groceries and supplies I needed for the house. A good shopper probably could have gotten them all in a couple hours, but I had no such luck. I spent hours wandering around in Costco alone, and I was unable to find anything I was looking for. I wound up just standing in a bunch of long lines and getting a bunch of stuff I didn't need. Of course, I had also ridden my bike to the store, so I had to figure out how to get all of that useless stuff back to the house (By the way, I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to ride a bike to Costco, but that’s what I do…) After that, I wound up going between Lowes and Home Depot looking for the best deals on the other supplies I needed. At that point, I had my car, but I was still having issues. Have you ever tried to fit a 3’ by 5’ piece of hardy board into a Toyota Corolla? It’s kind of hard, and it makes for an interesting ride home… At the end of the day, I had acquired a bunch of things I didn't
need, I had probably found the worst deals in town, and I was not a happy camper. It’s a great way to start off the holiday season, right? I can’t wait to really start the holiday shopping…
|Let's try and remember and give thanks for what this season |
is all about
I know a lot of you are probably super excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas. (I know a few of you who would never put the Christmas tree away if you had a choice!) However, there are others who are struggling to get into the spirit. All the shopping, people, and expectations can cause a lot of stress this time of year. This week we are looking at the story of Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah from the Gospel of Luke. Elizabeth and her husband were very old. Both of them seem to have long ago given up on any hope that their lives could ever change. However, Elizabeth and Zechariah received news that they were becoming parents. God’s good news was breaking into their lives. Zechariah couldn't believe it. Sometimes in the midst of everyday life, it’s hard to see God’s Spirit moving. However, Elizabeth opened her heart to the good news. Sometimes we all become set in our ways. We doubt anything new can bring hope. However, today’s scripture reminds all of us to have faith that God is doing something new. I pray we can all find a new way to celebrate and Give Thanks for all that we have!