But before Christmas, most of us still have one more Sunday to preach, preside, pray and prepare. In my tradition, on this day we hear Mary's story -- The Annunciation, and especially her words to the angel Gabriel, "Here am I, the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be with me according to your word." We also hear the God's promise to King David, that God would establish his throne forever. I'm right there, at the intersection of those two texts. Like Mary, I'm wondering and pondering a little this morning, about this sermon and the sermons to come, and about what it means to be favored by God.
Where are you this morning? In the darkness or in the light? Have you been visited by an angel, or a prophet, or someone else entirely? Are you preaching? Do you have special worship plans for this weekend? And what are your plans these next few days, as we approach Christmas?
I have oatmeal with apples and cinnamon for breakfast this morning, fair trade coffee and tea. I have the advent candles lit and hope that you will stop by, share your ideas, your hopes, your frustrations, your prayer requests -- and your Christmas goodies. Please share some special Christmas goodies with us.