(winter sunset somewhere south of Tucson, Arizona, taken by mompriest)
Our text this week have a hint of the apocalypse - of one being taken and one left, of not knowing the day or the hour, of only God knowing what is to come. In many ways these texts have been misused and misunderstood through the ages. And yet for us they usher in the season of Advent.
This is the time of waiting, of the deep dark starless night, of indigo blue, winter,a time of preparing for the Incarnation, of wondering "how will the Christ be born anew in us this year?" Indeed, no one knows the day or the hour when Christ will come and turn our hearts to God.
Some of us are also thinking about the "16 days" campaign, Sixteen Days of Activism to End Domestic Violence which begins on Sunday. For more information go here.
And, as if that were not enough, those of us in the US are finishing our Thanksgiving weekend, a time of feasting and family, and giving thanks for the many blessings of life.
So, a lot on our plates! Where are the texts taking you this week? How is the Spirit speaking into your ponderings and prayers?
Pull up a chair and join our party! We come with coffee and tea. We bring generous hearts of sharing ideas, of helping when one is stuck, of reading your sermon and leaving comments (if that would be helpful), of offering prayer, of being here late at night if that is how your sermon comes together. I have a delicious spread this morning - homemade cinnamon rolls and pumpkin bread with cream cheese icing, apples, pears, and bananas. Join us.