Pastoral Corner


Sisters and Brothers,

The Holiday Season is upon us. Thanksgiving has just ended. Christmas is right around the corner. New Year’s Day follows. The crazy thing about all these holidays is that, despite the time off from work and school, they can leave us feeling exhausted. All the holiday shopping, the traveling to relatives’ houses, the baking and cooking… the holidays are a lot of work.

As we hear concern about “keeping Christ in Christmas,” I know that much of that concern is about the commercialization of the holidays. Christmas should be about the birth of Jesus, not an excuse to spend a small fortune on stuff we don’t really need. But as we seek to “keep Christ in Christmas,” I hope that we go beyond skipping the Black Friday sales.

“Be still, and know that I am God,” says the Psalmist. Do we make time for stillness, for silence, for God in the Holiday Season? During this season of Advent, as we prepare for the birth of Jesus, take a few moments and just be still. God speaks in a whisper, and the world is so loud.

Rev. Dustin Bartlett