Here it is almost 2012 and where did 2011 go? I have found as we get older time goes so much faster. Remember when you were 5 or 6 and you had to wait 10 minutes or even 5 minutes for something to happen? It seemed like an eternity, but now 5 or 10 minutes is the blink of an eye.
I feel as though I were running out of time, and it was this year that it dawned on me that I had lived more years than I have left to live. I should have and I guess I did know that, but when it finally hit me in reality I felt as though someone had knocked the wind out of me.
I have to decide what is most important, and I can't make a mistake this time because I really don't have time to fix it. What an awful and awesome responsibiity. I have to be sure what is important now. I have to be sure of what I need to do, and I need to finish.
Now it is even more important than ever to listen to that still small voice of God encouraging me and guiding me in the way I should go. Time is running out faster than it is running in. God give me the patience to listen and the courage to act on those things you show me.
Wishing you time and patience,
Thanksgiving is over. I think I saw it fly by; I am not sure. I vaguely remember the turkey,the green beans, the sweet potato souffle, the glazed carrots, the cresant rolls. Yes, I think I remember. If I close my eyes and think very hard, I can even still smell the smells of Thanksgiving. If I look in th fridge I can a few remanents of that feast. A feast enjoyed at my home for a change. NO packing and running somewhere or waiting for five or six others to arrive. Just two of us and the dogs waiting not so patiently for a sample of our wonderful dinner.
I have even shopped on Back Friday!! I awake at 6 am and then thought, "Do I love anyone this much?" I got up at 7:30 am to answer that question. Slid into some jeans and a Christmas shirt, grabbled a cup of coffee, and I was off to the Sock Shop for the warehouse sale. If you have never been to a warehouse sale whether Black Friday or any friday you have missed one of life's finer moments. This is a place where a total stranger tells his or her life's story as you snake around the counters trying to get to a check out counter. Today was no exception. I got bankets,T- shirts, under shirts, and jeans. My way of saying "I love you" to the folks in my small family.
In fact, I have talked to my family more n the last two days than I have in the past six months. What size? What color? Slippers or shoes? What I really said to my family is " I love you."
Isn't it funny that we can't say "I love you" without socks or underwear or blankets or such? I haven't had a really serious conversation with my brother in months, but we talked for 20 minutes about what to get his boys for Christmas. Hummmm, I wonder if that means something? I bet it does.
Advent is a time of expectation. Not expectations for socks, or books, or I-pads or blankets, or stuff, but a time of expectation for the coming of the Christ Child. He brought love in abundance without socks or toys or stuff. Just love, complete and total love with no holding back.
I need to remember that and stop and call and talk to my family about real things in their lives...their fears, their dreams, their loves. That is what Jesus did He asked about real things.
Let's try to keep in mind what Advent is about. As we rush around doing "stuff" remember, Jesus doesn't care about stuff and besides that it is not our birthday but HIS!! Wonder what He would want to do for His birthday?
Ever notice how giving seems more like getting? Thursday, the women of the church put together 18 back packs for the homeless in Griffin. Are there only 18 homeless people? No, there are many,many more than that, but we will make a little difference. Sometimes that is all we can do. Make a little difference, but if we all made a little difference it would most certainly make a BIG difference.
Sometimes you just have to do what you can where you are. I think God thinks that is enough for now. We just must not forget that we did make a small difference and keep on making those small differences.
A change of subject. Next weekend our church women will host our annual Christmas Bazaar. Charlotte stays excited all year long for this event. She began talking about it in July and while some folks make fun of her, I am not naming names here, Tom, others in the congregation just shook their heads and began to gather things and make things and pray for a good turn out so that our church can continue to give from our abundance.
Next Saturday, we will have cakes, pies, cookies, candy, sausage buscuits, hot dogs, drinks, and much, much more. We are good cooks and good eaters. We have all taken to heart what our mothers used to tell us, "Now you clean your plate before you leave this table. There are little children all over the world who have to go to bed hungry." I think we all took those words far too seriously!!.
You can do all of your Christmas shopping at our Bazaar whether you are looking for second hand treasures or new ones. We will have some of it all: hand made pocketbooks, baby items, Christmas ornaments and decorations, notecards, and beautiful embroidery.
I hope you will come and share with us or just say a little prayer that we will do well. If we do well, our outreach can be more. Think about that next Saturday while you are out buying for Thanksgiving.
Come see us at First Christian and share what you have the best of which will be your prayers.
Well October is almost over. Can you believe it? I just got back from the mountains and pumpkis and golden leaves were everywhere. This too is a season of renewal. The cool crisp air puts a spring in my step and the smell of cooking apples puts a growl in my stomach and a watering in my mouth. What a time. Pumpkin pies, apples pies, and oh the fired pies!!! I guess Fall is a time for good food too.
The beauty of the earth in its fall days...golden yellows, burgundies, greens, browns sprinkled with the sparkling sunshine. These too are the beauties of Fall. How wonderful it is to see God in this beauty. Come and worship with us and feel the Holy Spirit lift you up!