Wow! Busy as usual and no blogs for the entire Advent season.
Check out the website if you are interested in an end of the year reflection. I preached on it and presented a paper which is in the church to help guide through the process. But, if you want to find it, I put it online on the website. My reflection is based on a weekly spiritual report I learned from the Church of the Saviour in Washington DC and have been doing myself for decades now (that is included). The yearly reflection is a list of some of the things I use as guides for my reflection, a reflection on basic needs in my life, a reflection on the three basics of the spiritual journey (poverty, chastity and obedience) and some other questions I have found helpful. Remember Ted's Rule for the Spiritual Journey #457 is guilt is worthless -- our reflections cannot be motivated or result in guilt. Growth is built on a desire to follow God's call in our lives.
Advent was good this year. We focused on three stories that help guide our paths through preparing for the Christ to enter our lives. We looked at Zechariah and thought about what it means to be silent before the work of God in our lives. We looked at John and his call to sharing as a way to prepare for the revolution that is incarnation. Finally, we thought about Mary and what it means to ponder or think deeply about our lives.
Christmas was a grand intergenerational service telling the story and singing the songs. There were as many Teddy Bears as people and a wonderful time of light in the building and in our lives.
I am grateful for all the people who helped make it such a great season. We also raised $1,800 in the Christmas offering and a huge pile of school supplies for the special education class in Miranda. Well done everyone.