The holiday season is fully upon us now. As we have all eaten too much at thanksgiving, and hopefully not spent too much on Black Friday, now we turn towards Christmas.

 

For the church, this is the beginning of the church year, the start of a new liturgical year. This may seem odd, given that it is the last month of the year for our normal calendar. However, the church centers around the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So it makes since that we begin our new year at a time that we can spend looking forward to His coming. We call this season, Advent which means the arrival of a notable person or event. I'd say that the arrival of the promise of God qualifies!

 

For many this is an exciting time of year, for others it can be somewhat overbearing. While this season points to hope and excitement for many, for others it is a reminder of loss and grief. So if you find yourself full of hope this season, share it with another who might need a lift up. And if you struggle this time of year, reach out, we have all been there. For we celebrate this season as a season of love and hope, and I hope that everyone has that.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peace and blessings.