Welcome home to John Knox Church
Written by Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan
I asked my barber today what the triangle tattoos meant on her arm. She said, “They represent Earth, Water, Air, and Fire… I have them to remind myself about the core elements of life. Things get too complex and it’s too easy to lose track of what’s basic and true.” She recalled how when she and her husband were first married, they would take walks by the lake, get out in nature, make bonfires and look at stars. She doesn’t want to get too far from the basics of life.
We talked about simplicity and our anxious society. We talked about clutter and all our distractions. We, or I, talked about Jesus and Matthew 6. Later I thought of Calvin who would have liked my barber.
For John Calvin, founder of the Presbyterian Church, simplicity was very close to sincerity. The simple uncovers reality. The pompous and the ostentatious cover up reality (Matthew 23:5-7).
This Advent season:
Remember that God spoke all creation into being; all that is, and all that will be comes from our gracious God. Genesis 1 and Psalm 8
Remember that in the waters of baptism we are marked as God’s beloved children and welcomed into the household of God. Matthew 3:13-17
Remember that at creation, God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the frightened disciples and breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Genesis 2:7 and John 20:19-23
A short while later, he prepared a fire for the disciples and served them breakfast after a long night of fishing under the stars. John 21:1-9
Let’s not get too far from the core elements of life.
We are created by God, saved and blessed by Jesus, and sustained, cleansed, and nourished by the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
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The other day I watched a man talking on his cell phone, glancing at the New York Times, trying to order a coffee, and telling his 3-year-old to put back the CD titled “Let’s Be Still” by a cool Seattle folk band. In all his chaos, he probably should have dropped the call, tossed the paper, left the coffee, gone with his son’s choice and bought the CD with the right message— let’s be still.
A few years back Time magazine asked how the brain handles multitasking. The answer: “Basically, it doesn’t.” Actually the brain toggles from one thing to another.
“When people try to perform two or more related tasks either at the same time or alternating rapidly between them, errors go way up, and it takes far longer—often double the time or more —to get the jobs done than if they were done sequentially,” the Time article stated.
This Advent season, let’s try a different approach and be still.
When you pray, breathe deep. Let go of all cares except to be in loving relationship with God and intently aware of God’s presence with you. Remember that today, no matter what happens, you are in God and always have been.
When you shop online or in stores, think carefully about the ones for whom you are buying. Think about their hopes, their needs, and what message or prayer they need this season.
When you plan, be realistic about the energy you have, the money available, and the people you really want to be with. Be a good steward.
When you send cards, deliver meals or visit someone in need, know that you, like the angels, are announcing good news of great joy for all people—for to us a Savior has been born, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).
Let every heart prepare Him room,
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Evening of Remembrance
December 15, 18 and 29
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