Sunday, December 21, 2008

Season of expectation

Expectation --- what comes to mind when you hear this word?

This season of Advent, of preparation, of expectation . . . kids expecting gifts, adults expecting family and friends for meals and get togethers, all of us hold some sort of inner excitement during this time of year.

And now we see the calendar and realize that we have only a very few days until "it" is finally here! What is your "it" you are waiting for, planning for, expecting?

As Monty and I see the lines of traffic, distances that normally take only a few minutes now taking literally hours ---it causes me to wonder if there is excitement and anticipation in those long lines or the opposite?

Pastor Nathan has been focusing on just those thoughts the last couple of weeks. I hope all of us are focusing on what this season is all about . . . how our lives have been transformed through a small baby, born in the lowliest of circumstances and just how much His love for us causes us to have amazing love for others.

It's through that love from Him that the callings on our lives happen. It's through that love from Him that He enables us to step out, trusting completely on Him and share that love with others, perhaps changing the way they are looking at this season --- and life!

We thank all of you who have made that possible for us these past years and this past year. Monty and I have made 3 major moves this past year, moves that brought us closer to those who are in such need of hope, moves that allow us to see miracles and to realize even more that Jesus is the "reason for the season."

We pray all of you are able to keep your focus on that reason this season.

Until next time . . . be blessed! Susan and Monty

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