Each year in the Advent season, our assigned Sunday readings lead us to John the Baptist in the wilderness preparing the way of the Lord. Wilderness journeys are significant in scripture including Elijah on the run, the ministry of John the Baptist, Israel wandering for 40 years, and Jesus' temptation.
The wilderness is a place of searching, the arena for answers about life, fulfillment, salvation, and prophecy. The wilderness is a place that challenges us out of our comfort zones to learn more about who we are, who God is, what God's will is for us and the community around us, and what God has prepared for the next season of our lives. If you are one of those people who feels like you are in the wilderness in this Advent / Christmas season, you are not alone. Many have journeyed through this season in times of grief, doubt and confusion, many have experienced tremendous growth through this difficult pilgrimage, and many have gone on to be a rich blessing to others in their wilderness journeys.
Take time in this hurried and busy season to pray, to reflect, and to serve others in need. Opportunities abound at St. Andrew's in the days ahead. (Search for your December newsletter and ask how God may be calling you to worship, learn and serve). Above all, know that the coming Christ is with us, for us, and going ahead of us to bring restoration, reunion, wholeness, and peace. Come, Lord Jesus.
Grace and Peace,