A reflection for this holiday season

20 Nov

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

These words are both a challenge and comfort as we enter into the holiday season, which tends to be an emotionally complex experience for us.  Even at its best, the season is fraught with family conflict – we stress over money issues, we scramble to prepare our homes for guests, we are torn between family members vying for our presence with them.  And this season is even more difficult for those who have lost loved ones, especially for those whose loss has occurred recently. 

I pray that you all find joy in this blessed season, no matter the challenges you face.  Rejoice!  Our awesome God breaks through all barriers to guide us from darkness to light.  Emmanuel!  God is with us. 

I pray that you find much loving support and comfort in prayer, and with your family and friends and faith communities. 

I pray for grateful hearts and a generous will to share your abundance with others.

As this wonderful and overwhelming holiday season comes upon us, let us offer gifts of loving kindness toward one another.  Let us continually seek a deeper relationship with God and a greater openness to the movement of the Spirit, so that we may be the hearts and hands of Christ in the world, a healing balm for all who need it.

The peace and love of God, which surpasses all our understanding, be with you all,

The Rev. Colin Snow Maltbie
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kasson

(Submitted on November 15, 2012 to the Dodge County Independent.)


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