A fresh start; new beginning and still, Christ is with me.
No matter the struggles – moving forward, two steps back – three forward. The friend I have in Jesus is with me.
Steps to stay on track:
Stay focused on Jesus, the Messiah
Do what I can, when I can, to follow in his teacings
Do what I can, when I can, to share in the ways that the Spirit invites
Sometimes, it’s hard to find the work the Spirit does in our lives. For me, that means it’s time to be still and know. Life becomes over-whelming when we neglect to care for ourselves. With Christ as our guide we can move forward and see the joy that comes with the dawn.
Friends, know that the Jesus I believe in, is here for me, is also here for you. Rest, renew, and replenish. All will be well.
Are you tired of the Christmas music yet? When I opened up a Christmas playlist on Spotify this morning and glanced through the song titles I realized I had heard enough. *sigh
Christmas day is not even here and I’m already overloaded. Everything from our traditional carols to the down home, sappy holiday tunes that include Rudolph and White Christmas.
Here’s the thing. If you enjoy Christmas music whether they are your favourite carols or the tunes from old movies, there are words that can “spark joy”. “Dashing through the snow” may bring memories of the past. “Dreaming of a White Christmas” may be your theme. Dream on.
What’s my point? Whether the music you sing or hear is about the baby in the manger or chestnuts roasting, if they make you smile and feel love, then you could be connecting with love, the love of the Divine.
Music plays a large part in many of our lives and celebrations. Regardless of your favourite – sing on! The joy and love of music also brings the spirit of Christmas.
The last couple of days have been pretty dreary. Cloud cover and rain or snow have been par for the course. The earth needs rest and recover. I believe we do as well.
We continue to wait – for the return to light and for the light of the world that is Jesus. There is hope in the darkness; peace in our waiting; joy in our anticipation; and love that comes within the light.
Today is a day to hunker down and embrace the darkness. Find comfort in the slower pace of winter and in the lock-down to come. There will be lots of time to get busy in our lives.
We are blessed to be a blessing. Be the light of the world that you truly are. Pastor Barbara
“4 Love is patient; love is kind; ” 1Corinthians 13
We walk into the week that is surrounded and filled with love. Well, that’s the plan, right?
Patience seems to flee this time of year. Perhaps we’re feeling like our last nerve is raw. Where does love fit in our pictures?It shows in the kindness we show one another and in the moments when we count to ten and just breathe. Paul writes these words to remind the folk in Corinth of what love looks like. Friends, the world still needs love and patience. Each one of us needs this reminder too.
To close today’s reflection from verse “8 Love never ends”. Read that again. If love never ends neither does patience, neither does God’s love for us.
Take a look in the mirror and tell yourself. “Love is patient; love is kind.” Then shine a big, bright smile. Feel silly? That’s OK. Just giggle and go on about your day, remembering what love is for you. Blessings,Pastor Barbara