Sunday, November 30, 2008

Advent-Countdown to Christmas

Today's Link
Alex Rants

Saying for the Day
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

Picture of the Day
A long Ago Christmas Tree

Today the Liturgical Church begins its countdown to Christmas.
This is the beginning of Advent. That’s the season where we prepare our hearts and minds for the Christ whose coming into the world is celebrated at Christmas.
In today’s reading, (Mark 13:24-37) Jesus encourages his followers to look forward to the day when he returns in power and glory to end all suffering.
The good news of Advent for the Christian is that no matter how rough things are, no matter how evil the world seems, no matter what shape the economy is in God has not forgotten us. Christ is coming again.
While we wait we need to trust the promise and live as a child of God.
I attended a great Christian gathering once where the preacher said “ I took a look at the end of the book and Jesus wins”.
Advent is a reminder to the Christian of that truth.
It both comforts and calls .
It reminds us of God’s promises all fulfilled in the Christ Child and God’s expectation of us.
As a Pastor I always looked forward to this season.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
Something must have happened yesterday because Tammy and Tommy Uk were sitting together in the congregation at Last Lutheran this morning. They really looked happy. Even Pastor Joan noticed it but she was wise enough not to mention it to them.
After the service they sat together over coffee and discussed the gospel lesson. They wondered if the part of the text that said ”the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, “ might refer to the shadow in the driblet. Pastor Joan didn’t think so but they were not so sure. This might be the end of the world and not just Pigeon Falls.
Tommy UK thought that if this is the end of the world at least he had his friend back and more. He had so missed those times talking to Tammy and just being near her. He really didn’t understand why he had acted as he did. He just knew that yesterday when they started working together on the driblet it seemed so right. It was as if they had never been separated. He doesn’t understand. He just doesn’t understand.

Wrap Up
My oxygen was still down four points and Pennie was too sick to go to Church but Betty and I went. It was a good start of the Advent season. The choir number was strong. The children's sermon by the Pastor's wife held the kids attention and Pastor Steve preached a good Advent sermon. The fellowship afterward was great. Coming home I felt sick. So I spent part of the afternoon in bed on oxygen. I feel a little better now. So I visited fifteen links. Now I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA
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20 Comments:

Blogger Dragonstar said...

Poor Tommy! Never mind, I'm sure the coming season will help him out.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

For me as a child the advent period was the most beautiful time of Christmas. An advent wreath with 4 red candles were put up and each sunday before Christmas one candle was lightened. The first sunday one, the second two etc. Usually we all gathered around the wreast and sang special advent songs and we were allowed to eat the first special Christmas cookies, on Sunday afternoons. And when all candles were lit, we knew now Christmas is there. That's a German use.
I am back to the cold and feel a little upside down, lol !

4:50 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Excellent post.

Advent blessings to you.

5:22 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I can not WAIT to get to church today! Pastor Paul is away this weekend - but he always gets us someone gOOd in! And then... there's God! And communion!

How come Pastor Joan is just sooooo smart as to know to leave those two alone and let THEM work it out. I would have been interfering and messing everything up! Seems I'm getting good at that!

5:33 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Advent is a beautiful time. As a child Advent was too long, now, it seems far too short a time.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Peter (Worldman): said...

For the first time in 20 years, I will be able to profit from the flower reef with 4 candles. At least, I will be home just in time to blow the 4th candle.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I can remember long ago Christmas trees....thanks for bring it back...seems like it was a much simpler and easier time, maybe b/c I was younger....

12:54 PM  
Blogger jmb said...

Indeed today is the beginning of the Christmas season, a bit early for the tree however.

Sorry to hear you didn't have such a good day, take care.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

My kids are already stewing over their advent calendars....yes the season begins.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John, I hope this finds you feeling better. I've been feeling less than perky myself, but church gave me a bit of a lift.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

So Petrovich can now add matchmaker to the list of skills he brings to Pigeon Falls.

Herman needs to step up the Haltvers.

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I'M TRYING TO GET OVER MY SHOCK & POUT ABOUT LOSING MY AOL JOURNAL.
I've been out-and-about now, visiting my favorite blogs.
I enjoy your blog entries ... thanks for sharing your family & life with us.

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