From Our Pastor

December, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

What do you want for Christmas? We hear it a lot this time of year. Overhearing a child answer, we smile; but we frown at the store displays that try to tantalize our answers in mid- October. And by the time Christmas comes, we are weary of all the ads that bombard us to want the perfect gift.

But in this church season called Advent, we are invited and called to ponder our answers not simply by the surface of wants; instead, we are to go deeper into the longings of the world and our own hearts.

Ann Weems, a poet in the faith, answers with these words:

What do I want for Christmas?
I want to kneel in Bethlehem,
the air thick with alleluias,
the angels singing
that God is born among us.
In the light of the Star,
I want to see them come,
the wise ones and the humble…

from Kneeling in Bethlehem

O, Friends, let us be among those in our hearts who journey in this darkest time of year called Advent to kneel in Bethlehem by the light of the Star!  Advent Blessings of Hope! Peace! Joy! & Love!


Dr. Laurey Murphy