Dear Despairing,

John the Baptist was the voice, “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Mark 1:3)

In the words of Benedicta Ward, “For all sins, there is forgiveness. What really lies outside the ascetic life is despair, the profound attitude which denies the possibility of forgiveness."  Kathleen Morris “The Cloister Walk”

Where does despair haunt a corner of your heart? The Christ Child who fit into a manger will certainly fit into your heart. This year, may the blessing of Christmas bring the casting out of despair, and the birthing of forgiveness and love within you. Advent (the time prior to Christmas) is a time to prepare ourselves for the coming God in the flesh. We do that through honesty about our situation, through confession, and then by receiving God’s gracious offer of forgiveness.

Mark 1 blessings,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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