Monthly Archives: November 2017

Between Thanksgiving and Advent

This year is an oddly timed year. Most years Advent begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving, but this year Thanksgiving is early, and Advent doesn’t begin until December 3rd. So what to do in the in between?

Unfortunately for me, I am dealing with a mechanic for my truck, a plumber for my house, and setting an overdue doctors appointment for…me. Stress, inconvenience, and unwanted necessity seem to be the order of the day.

I walked past a shelf in my home, it holds some icons, a communion cup, some prayer beads, a couple of candles, and my wife just set out a nativity scene in preparation for the holidays ahead. Also, a prayer book is nearby.

I took a few moments, I just breathed and sipped a cup of coffee. I then picked up the prayer book and read the prayers and passages appointed for the day, taking a little time to think and meditate.

And I think that’s what you do with the in between. Do what you must, but don’t forget to breathe and pray.

Practicing Peace

Father, forgive me, and help me to forgive and release those who may have hurt me, intentionally or not. I give the hurt to you and ask in return for more of your love.

And for those I may have hurt, intentionally or not, forgive me and release them from any hurt as well. May they be recipients of your overflowing love.

Amen

Elvis Has Left The Building

…The Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands… – Acts 7:48

When you think about “church” what comes to mind? Many people think about the building; a place where songs are sung, a preacher preaches, maybe a place where weddings are performed. The disciples were quite impressed with the Temple in their day. Many churches are small and seemingly unimportant, many churches in America are huge, and some we call “mega”…

In Mark 13 it’s recorded:

As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus.  “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” (V 1-2)

Every church, big or small, massive or not, may well end up with not one stone on top of another. God may not be so concerned about buildings as we are. He is not necessarily as impressed with our pedigree, status, or building, as we are. Look at the disciples and the early church; The Pharisees and Sadducees  looked with disdain at the unlearned disciples. The early church was basically homeless (by today’s standard), like their Lord, meeting wherever they could.

Peter writes: Living Stones for God’s House

…You are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple…  -1 Peter

Here Peter is using a building as an analogy. God is not building a “Brick and Mortar” church, He has a different building material in mind. Peter is saying YOU are the stone God is building a house from…”living stone”… Not a temple made of brick and mortar, but a “spiritual temple”. 

After we gather we are called to go, to leave the building and go out into the world in peace, to strengthen others, to help them along their way, because we are the church, not the building we meet in.