Central United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Endicott, New York
Pastor's Corner

Advent Season is upon us—that season of preparing, waiting, letting the silence of the season fill us and lead us to a deeper understanding of God-with-us.

 Right.

You know and I know what December is like. We’ve been looking at Christmas displays in the stores since the beginning of October. You know what I think? I think all the rush, bustle, glitz, and gimmickry are designed for a purpose—to take our attention away from God. Wouldn’t it be great to pull a fast one on the culture and refuse to take part? What are the ways you could take that power back from the culture? It’s interesting to wonder about, isn’t it? We sigh and are wistful for simpler holiday seasons; but we are the only ones who can make that happen—why not try it this year? I’m happy to help you in any way I can!

 But for now, for this moment, I offer you this wonderful poem from Ann Weems:

“In Search of Our Kneeling Places”

In each heart lies a Bethlehem,

  an inn where we must ultimately answer

     whether there is room or not.

When we are Bethlehem-bound

   we experience our own advent in his.

When we are Bethlehem-bound

  we can no longer look the other way

    conveniently not seeing stars

       not hearing angel voices.

We can no longer excuse ourselves by busily

  tending our sheep or our kingdoms.

 

 

This Advent let’s go to Bethlehem

  and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us.

In the midst of shopping sprees

  let’s ponder in our hearts the Gift of Gifts.

Through the tinsel

  let’s look for the gold of the Christmas Star.

In the excitement and confusion, in the merry chaos,

  let’s listen for the brush of angels’ wings.

This Advent, let’s go to Bethlehem

  and find our kneeling places.

 

Ann Weems, “In Search of Our Kneeling Places,” Kneeling in Bethlehem

 

The Westminster Press, Philadelphia. 1987

   

Still in One Peace,