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Message from Pastor Leon

posted Nov 18, 2015, 7:13 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” 

--Philippians 4:6-8 

You are probably reading this after Thanksgiving and at the beginning of Advent season. More importantly, you are reading this just as the hectic activity of the holiday season begins. There is much that I love about this time of year. I love the seasonal music (both religious and secular) and decorations. I love the big meals and special treats and times to gather with family and friends. I love the stories and traditions that have grown up around this season just before Christmas. I don’t especially care for the shopping, but other than that, this truly can be a wonderful time of year.

If we are not careful, however, we can let the wrapping of the season – food, decorations, shopping, special parties, and presents – obscure the heart of both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We can go through this holiday season at such a frantic pace that instead of experiencing the joy of the season, we just end up tired and frustrated. In the hustle and bustle of the season, we can lose sight of what is truly important. Add to this the worry and anxiety of an uncertain future, and the holiday season can end up being anything but peaceful.

An antidote to that feeling of frustration and anxiety is to simply take time to be with God. Take time to thank him for all the good gifts that our Father has showered on us. Take time to think about all of those things in your life that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Take the time to think about them, to thank the Lord for them and to trust that God will see you through any present need. Indeed the Bible is right – if we take that time to remember God’s gifts and trust God for our needs, the peace of God which does transcend all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas Season.

Pastor Leon

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