Greetings in the Name of Our Coming King,
This Sunday we embark upon the beginning of another year in the liturgical cycle of the church. It is during the season of Advent we are encouraged to anticipate the coming of our King. We do this not only through our anticipation of the celebration of His birth, but also through our remembrance of His promise that He will come again and bring us unto himself (John 14:3). It is in this season of Advent that we have a special opportunity to contemplate and meditate upon the longing we have to be fully reunited with the King in whose image we were created.
This can be a challenging endeavor, though, given the hustle and bustle of the chaotic world around us. Whether it is the distractions of national politics, the allure of the malls and websites that beckon us to find fulfillment for ourselves and loved ones through gadgets and consumer goods, or our frantic preparations to decorate our homes and prepare menus in anticipation of family members coming for a visit, there are many facets of life vying for the limited resource of our time and attention.
In the midst of the competing deadlines, my challenge for you is to not neglect your inner peace and contentment. Don’t allow yourself to be consumed by the chaos, but instead make intentional efforts to step away from the frenzy to consider the meaning of this season of Anticipation and Hope. This is part of the beauty of the corporate worship of the church, as it gives us dedicated time and space wherein we can step away from the world and enter an oasis which is a reflection of the paradise of heaven itself.
God has provided us with the means whereby our souls and hearts can be rejuvenated and refreshed. With that in mind, I encourage you to review the calendar of Advent and Christmas liturgies/sacraments that are printed on the back of this letter and consider these as gifts and opportunities to provide your soul with nourishment and rest as we eagerly await the coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
May we live as people of hope, of peace, and of joy, for we are those who can celebrate the truth that God did not and does not leave us alone. He entered His creation, through the virgin birth, so He could live amongst us so He could rescue us from our own rebellion against Him. Not only that, He has also promised to return to us so that we can enjoy the restoration of humanity’s relationship with the divine; a restoration that He longs to see accomplished for each and every one of us.
I pray that this Advent and Christmas season provides refreshment and restoration to your soul as you eagerly anticipate the coming of the King.
May the Blessing of God be upon you,
Rev. Fr. Timothy M. Reimer