Craig’s Corner 2021 December

Being prepared…

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. – Matthew 24:43-44

Advent is a time of waiting…but not idle waiting.  Just as the early Jews were preparing for the coming of Christ, so we too are preparing for his eventual return.  Whether that happens during our lifetime or not is beside the point.  It’s the journey that’s important.  I’m especially reminded at this time of the story of the Ten Virgins.  Five of them were prepared for a long wait and five were not.  The ones who were prepared were there when he arrived.  The ones who were not had to go back for more supplies and ended up losing out on the opportunity of a lifetime.  (Matthew 25:1-13 if you’re interested in reading it for yourself).  

If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that life is unpredictable.  We have to be ready for anything, but how can you be ready for the unexpected?  We do what we can, but do something we must.  We should not remain idle.  Is there a household in America that doesn’t have an extra roll of toilet paper now?  Or 20?  Most of us have gotten vaccinated.  Even though it doesn’t prevent every infection, we certainly are aware of its benefits and it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Too many people have died for us to take this casually or to play political games with life and death.  

Just as people are getting boosters to insure the most protection possible, so too should we get a booster shot for our faith!  In the midst of shopping, celebrating, and eating too much pie, I hope you will take time out during this Christmas season to focus on the “reason for the season.”  Not only do I hope you’ll join us for worship, but make a point of picking up your Bible and reading for yourself the story of Christ, be more intentional in your prayer life, and give more of yourself to others.  That might be in time, talent, or gifts, but however you do it release it all to God and do it out of joy.

I hope as we head to a new year, you’ll have a renewal of faith.  Let’s keep walking on this journey together.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Rev. Craig


Although the big Christmas Bazaar needed to be cancelled, you can STILL do your Christmas gift shopping at the UMW CRAFT BOUTIQUE on the next few Sundays! The UMW crafters have been busy sewing, making cards, jewelry and more! There is a table set up so you can browse before and after service. Please click here for photos!