Journey to the Manger

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are on the eve of Thanksgiving. One needs to watch the calories today to prepare for tomorrow. The other preparation we begin this Sunday is ”Advent,” known as the sacred days before Christmas. In the church year it has historically been a time focused on words like, HOPE, FAITH, JOY, and LOVE.  Advent is a season that focuses on the journey to the manger.  Another theme is “WAKE UP” and get ready for this child who will be the word of God made flesh.

Dietrich Bonheoffer, in his Nazi prison cell in 1943, writing to his fiancée, Maria von Wedemeyer:
“My dearest Maria, by the time you receive this letter it will probably be Advent, a time especially dear to me. A prison cell like this, in which one watches and hopes and performs this or that ultimately insignificant task, and in which one is wholly dependent on the doors being opened from the outside, is far from an inappropriate metaphor for Advent."—21 November 1943, Love Letters from Cell 92, 118.

To the places where we feel we have no doorknob to turn, to the other side of the door, comes the Christ Child Jesus, with everything we cannot do on our own, but God is faithful to come and do on our behalf. May Advent's truth be yours this season.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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