A Message From Pastor Bonnie...
It’s that time of season again. It’s when we see homes decorated with twinkly lights. Carols fill the airwaves. Elaborate decorations appear on our streets in our little towns. Stores decorate their windows with large glittery snowflakes and dangling baubles.
At church, whether in-person or Zooming, you might sing, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and then light an Advent candle. For some, this season evokes sweet memories of a time in the distant past. For some, this season fills them with a great sense of anticipation of possible family gatherings around the holiday table.
However, for others, this season might bring about anxiety. The thought of COVID, travel, not having enough money to pay bills let alone purchase gifts can weigh heavy on the heart. So, can broken and strained relationships with those close to us. Perhaps, some of us are alone and feel excluded from the joy of the season.
My friends, it’s in these moments we grow closer to God especially during the season of Advent. It’s at this time when we come to know that God has given us the greatest gift of them all… the gift that will bring eternal hope, joy, peace, love, and renewal.
That gift came to all on a dark night in a far off place. That gift changed the lives of Mary and Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds, and all who came to witness the greatest miracle of them all. That gift, our beloved Saviour changed lives all throughout his life and beyond. And if you accept, open your hearts, and believe, this miracle will change your life too.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” – John 20:29b, (NRSV)
Let us begin our own Advent journey of faith together. Come and worship. Take a moment to pause, hear, and reflect on Isaiah 9:6 from the King James Bible:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
If you were at the manger that night, what gifts would you offer? Would you offer the finest of the fine or would you simply offer up your love, faith, and trust? Come, let us adore Him!
Blessings and peace to all - Pastor Bonnie
Pastor Bonnie Snyder
Walden United Methodist Church
Pastor at Walden United Methodist Church
Pastor at Bullvile United Methodist Church
Studied at Drew University