I was reading in Luke this morning and noticed this passage… “So pay attention to how you hear.” (Luke 8:18a). Being with Wyatt this week has reminded me again of how important it is to really listen – to hear him as he’s communicating his needs to me without words. And while I know it’s important to do that when I’m with a baby, do I put as much importance on ‘hearing well’ in other areas and seasons in my life? Sadly, not always. So I think that’s why Jesus pointed that verse out to me this morning.
All of this is making me pause and reflect, as we enter the Advent season this weekend. Ruth Haley Barton says, “Advent is a season for waking up to all the ways Christ comes to us.” And in that posture of “waking up”, not only do we need to be watching for what God is doing in and around us, but we also need to be listening to what He is saying – with or without words – in scripture, in music, in the sounds of creation, in the quiet stillness of a dark morning…can I be present and put my focus into hearing, rather than into doing this Advent season? I don’t want to be too busy and miss what He is saying to me. How about you? Are you considering this Advent season and what Jesus may be asking or showing you?
And speaking of Advent…here at Malmo, we’re starting the season this Saturday with our Annual Advent celebration. This year’s theme is “Light of the World”. Everyone is invited to be part of the celebration: 4:30pm for crafts, 6:00pm for a light supper, followed by a program in the Sanctuary at 7:00pm.
Then on Sunday, we’ll continue into the Season of Advent as we begin the Worship Service with a Children’s Nativity Processional. If your child would like to be part of the processional, please have them meet Ruth in the foyer, right before the service.
Also – a reminder to bring non-perishable food to share with our community that is in need. We’ll be doing this every Sunday during Advent.
Our Worship Service will be filled with carols and songs of praise, scripture, lighting of candles, prayers and praises, gifts of food to those in need, a message from Randall and gathering together at the Lord’s Table.
Come and join us as we expectantly enter this season of Advent.
See you Sunday!