From today’s bulletin.

Advent, along with Lent, is a time of preparation. During Lent, we accompany Jesus into the desert; we face the wilderness of our own inner landscape to prepare ourselves for the Easter journey of death and resurrection. During Advent, we go with John into the wilderness to prepare the way to welcome Christ into our hearts and lives anew at Christmas. We have the opportunity to explore the inner geography of our lives for areas of dead wood, thorns, or tangled knots. Twisted relationships, the dead wood of old hurts or habits, the confusion that sometimes comes when we feel we can’t see the wood for the trees–all these are wilderness areas, and they need to be cleared away before growth and new life is possible. Or perhaps there are desert patches–arid, dry areas where nothing can grow or blossom, parts of us which have almost withered away from not being used or tended or tested–some tenderness, some care, some talent, some forgiveness, some humor–that need the water of life to bring them bursting into flower. -Kathy Galloway

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