After a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving, I just want to say that I am thankful for you. Whether you are someone I am dearly close to and our lives overlap daily or weekly, whether you are one who we both feel the connections could be or should be stronger, whether you are someone who pops in just when you’re in town or just because, whether you are just someone who has visited a couple of times and ended up on our mailing list, or whether you are someone we were once close with but time and life has found us at a distance: I am thankful for you.
I am thankful for you because our connectedness comes from God. He put us in each others’ lives and He can work for His kingdom through our relationships no matter how strong or small - so long as at least just ONE of us is plugged into Him. Imagine if ALL of us are feeding from the well of life! What light would shine! What harmony would resound! What strength we would have to fight our battles, and what confidence we’d have to stand for all that is right and true!
But I can’t do it for you. And you can’t do it for me. All we can do is focus intently and intensely on our own relationship with our maker. But we CAN do that together. This Christmas season, please make every effort to come worship together as we pray, sing, take communion, and reflect on Scripture.
This December, I will be reflecting on some of the powerful symbols of the season and focusing on the pregnant moment in this pregnant community in this pregnant time. New life will come like a newborn. And it’s up to us whether it’s the screaming neediness of our own best efforts or whether it’s the wide eyed holiness that we will adore as it learns to walk amongst us.
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Sean King is the Pastor for First Christian Church of Cisco.