Another year gone and another year beginning!
Advent is a beautiful time of anticipation but also of reflection for the many gifts of this past year at St. James’ and in our own lives.
I know that you may see the word “reflection” and wonder how are we supposed to make time for that, now that alongside Advent is the mad dash of organizing for Christmas, tree trimming, work parties, gift purchases and of course the turkey dash at the local grocery store, throwing elbows to get the last one (not kidding, I’ve seen it!).
Find these quiet moments, seek them out. You may want to spend some time looking over the last year, examining it and giving thanks.
It may be that Christmas is not an easy time for you, and know that you are not alone in that. Perhaps this is the first Christmas without a loved one. It is good for us to be together here, in this place. It is good for us to give thanks for things past and things present, and it is good for us to share with each other when things are difficult.
A great light is coming, and the darkness cannot overcome it, even during these shortened winter days.
See you soon!