Pastor’s Corner Rev. Barb Muhs, pastor, Salem Church of Lincoln Lincoln, Iowa
December 13, 2013
This past Sunday our scripture reading was about John the Baptist, a cousin of Jesus. I have always liked reading, rereading and hearing about John the Baptist. THe writers of scripture have described John as a colorful character in clothing, personal choices AND in character. John was perhaps the least likely person to announce to the various communities that “One is coming that is much greater than I”, “Repent! for the kingdom of God is at hand”! How much more could John have done to witness to the people about the preparation of Jesus’ arrival in their communities? How many people were listening? How many trusted this man wearing camel skin, eating locusts and shouting at them to believe in a Messiah that would soon be with them? Isn’t that similar to what happened at the time of Jesus’ birth? Isaiah had told the people that a Messiah was coming and that the world would be changed forever. WOW..and the messenger was a teen, who by all standards was the least likely to bear a Messiah to the world. Often the greatest messengers have been the least likely persons in our midst, children included! As part of the second Sunday childrens focus in worship I reviewed several of our Christmas decorations. The adults were listening and helped to answer questions about why the wreath was round, what round ornaments represented on the tree and then came the question...Why is it that we give fruit baskets at Christmas? (NO, not fruitcake!) Tradition was to give fruit as a reminder of the Fruits of the Spirit! Now the real challenge...What are the Fruits of the Spirit? And yes, it was the children who knew them! What a Christmas gift THAT was! (Thanks Kid’s Club). Once again I am reminded that a child shall lead us! During this season of Advent I pray that you look for the presence of Christ wherever you are and with whomever you are spending time with and may the PEACE of Christ be with you and yours!
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