Thoughts for the Month


This month is one that really makes us feel that the year is drawing to a close, but it is not quite winter. At the beginning of the month we celebrate All Saints Day.

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 1 we read, “To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours;”

Somehow, it has always seemed that one had to be very, very special, to have done great things, maybe died for one’s faith, to be a saint. Yet here, we are told that to be a follower of Jesus Christ is to be a saint. Is that really so? However weak we may be at times, if we really try to follow Christ, is that enough to be a saint? That is ‘food for thought.’

At the end of the month we have Advent. This is a name for a church season not a word that is found in the bible. What does it mean? It means the coming or arrival of an important person or event. For Christians, it is a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. Like Lent, it is a time to reflect, to prepare ourselves for the wonderful happening that will occur at the end of the year – do we, though?

We need to take time, to read, to pray and to listen for what God may want to say to us. To do this, we need to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, and prepare for the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of the Christ Child, the Son of God.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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