Monday Musings – December 15, 2014

Dear Friends,

Yesterday was a wonderful day for our church!  We had three full worship services.  The bookends were our choir’s Christmas cantata at 9:00 am and our children’s Christmas program in the evening.  Many worked hard to make it all come together.  Thanks especially to Jeanne Kusterer for directing the cantata and to Kim Babien and Stephanie Rogers for directing the children.

We have one more Advent supper with a short worship service to follow.  It’s this Sunday, December 21 at 5:30 pm.  We will have a birthday cake for Jesus and I do believe Jesus is going to share his cake with us!  Then our two Christmas Eve candlelight services, December 23 and 24, 7 pm both evenings.  And please don’t forget three more worship services (you can choose one) on Sunday December 28.

I have stumbled upon an interesting bit of trivia.  Do you know what is the most highlighted Bible passage on Amazon’s Kindle e-reader?  It is Philippians 4:6-7.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

A lot of people in these days are living with a lot of anxiety.  It shouldn’t be surprising that Paul’s words that are specifically addressed to anxious people should be sought by so many.  God promises anxious people peace.  Those two words are polar opposites.  Anxiety, often accompanied by fear and a dull inner ache of dread and God’s peace, which comes with an inner joy that is not affected by moods or circumstances.

I wish for you, my friend, God’s peace!  Peace which doesn’t even make sense.  It “transcends all understanding”.  But it is real nonetheless.  And it can be yours.  May it be yours this Christmas.

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace.

In Christ,

John