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Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
Advent and Christmas
The Holy Days or holly days? We all make choices each and every day and this Advent Season will be no different, unless we determine to make them different. Although Presidents Washington and Lincoln both declared Thanksgiving as a national Holiday to give thanks to our “beneficent Father”, they added this sentiment also “I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, …I fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal...and restore...peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.” Washington D.C. October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln and William H. Seward Secretary of State. (Washington included a similar call to humility and forgiveness, which would not be politically correct in our current culture).
Given the perverse nature of our attitudes towards those who disagree with us (in church, politics, environment, financial matters, education, criminal justice, inequality, etc…) which of us would protest President Lincoln’s chastisement?
If we do not make a conscious choice each day to experience Christ’s peace and to share it with open eyes, listening ears, hearts and outlook, we will find ourselves feeling like victims instead of victors.
These next few Sundays we will choose to follow the culture’s wars and the ways of the world (holly days) or we will offer ourselves afresh to the goodness of God who chose to engage the world on Christmas Day “When Only a Baby Came” (Holy Days).
Natalie Sleeth put it this way: “They waited for a King with crown of gold, a Sov’reign wise, a ruler bold, but only a baby came. They waited for a Prince to take the throne a Savior sent by God alone, a Lord with Kingdom yet unknown, but only a baby came...with brightest star to shed its light and set the world a flame. They waited for a word of truth divine, a heavenly Dove, a Sacred sign, a living branch from Jesse’s line, but only a baby came. Only a babe to bear the shame, Only a babe with love His name. Only a baby came.”
We hope you will honor the baby and assert yourself as part of Christ’s Holy Family during Advent and throughout the coming year. We need the faith, hope and love that Christ offers every day of our lives, so join us as we choose to finish this year of 2021 with God’s best of himself.
With you in His service, Mike