An Excerpt From “Peace Is Here: Reflections By Jars Of Clay”
“Every Christmas I’m reminded of the longing I felt growing up as I would anticipate this special day. And while I recognize that I was more excited about opening gifts than anything else, the longing is still appropriate. The days leading up to Christmas, Advent or waiting, are about anticipation, reflection, feeling the weight of the coming of the Christ child. And though we immerse ourselves in the spiritual practice of waiting we know that Jesus has already come. It’s this tension that we live in, the in between, the already and the not yet.
This season of Advent is a reminder of the broader groaning in anticipation we experience all lifelong for the restoration of this broken world. The Christian journey is a long-term advent, a patient longing for renewal and destination, for restoration. When there is finally no curse and our souls are at rest. However, lest we feel like we are stuck in a waiting room, remember that Emanuel means “God with us”. Christ has come and we have a present peace and assurance through him. May the hope of God becoming man bring us strength and joy today as we wait amidst the brokenness of this groaning world. May the peace of Jesus bring light to the darkness that threatens to overwhelm.”
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”- Romans 8:22-25
Our Christmas Eve celebrations will start with a Living Nativity at the Governors Lodge at Loon Mountain followed by an Outdoor Candle Light Service:
6:30pm Living Nativity in front of the Governors Lodge at Loon Mountain
7:00pm Christmas Eve Service Behind the Governors Lodge
…and don’t forget to PRAY FOR SNOW!