The Advent season began yesterday with the candle of hope, which represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah. The invitation to wait in the midst of a time where we live without pauses, especially during this holiday season, seems strange. Yet it is perfect, reminding us that pauses are necessary and beneficial. Advent is a gift because, in the midst of the busyness, marketing overload, 24 hour social media and the grind, we are invited to slow down, wait and listen. The Chinese symbol for listening has the symbol for ears, but also includes the eyes to see, the mind to think, heart to feel and undivided attention. My Sisters, as we begin this first week of Advent, I invite you to wait, pause and intentionally listen to Christ and each other with all of your senses. Christ is coming and is worth the wait ….. seriously, soooooo worth the wait.
Blessed to be a blessing to you,
Rev. Sheila P. Spencer