Small Enough

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Amy and I are fortunate in that we can see the stars where we live.  Many areas in Metro Denver have too much light pollution to allow you to see the night sky with clarity.  In the evening, when I take Landry our dog out before bedtime,  it is a wondrous site.

A close friend of President Franklin Roosevelt once visited him in the White House. After  dinner, the two men talked well into the night about affairs of state and other weighty and important matters. When their conversation had wound down, FDR suggested they step into the Rose Garden to look into the stars. 

It was a beautiful, clear night, and the two stood in silence, taking in the wonder of God’s creation. Then Roosevelt turned to his friend and said, ”All right. I think we feel small enough now to go in and go to sleep.”

At Christmas time, perhaps the vision we’re not supposed to miss isn't elaborate holiday lighting displays, but  rather God’s great light show in the sky. Unlike the icicle lights that hang form the eaves and the LED lights now projected onto homes, and the reindeer and snowmen on the front lawns, that show doesn’t glorify human achievement. Rather, a good long look at God's light show puts us in our place, making us feel “small enough to go to sleep.”

Read Luke 2:1-20 for further reflection.

Apology—It has come to my attention that the video clip I shared of Keaton Jones during Sunday's  sermon might be part of a hoax to raise money.  First, I pray that through all things God works for good, may the awareness of bullying grow even through a video that potentially lacks full integrity. Second, I and the staff of GGCC strive to do our best to make sure that everything we present to you is accurate and factual, we live in a human world where we occasionally miss the mark and require mercy and grace. May God walk with all who bully, and may the ways of bullies be redirected.

Prayers: For all who feel alone this Advent Christmas season. For financial stewardship. For Gloria Mitchell and all who are in need of healing. Peace from our solitary heart to across all creation.  And for GGCC's Christmas Eve worship at 3pm and 5pm at Rock Canyon High School.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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