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December 14, 2016, 9:43 AM

Frosty Musings

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today I would like to revisit a theme we began exploring last week: celebrating the present. The sad reality is we spend much of our lives in anticipation of some time that is yet to come: a vacation, a day off, a weekend, a day when things are “better” than today. “This too shall pass,” we say. The result of all our wishful dreaming is we miss the joy of the present. God forgive us! May we begin to celebrate breath and water and food and the joy of now. Don’t let artificial light and city streets keep you from noticing sunsets and sunrises, from experiencing the majesty of a crisp starlit night and the beauty of the sun peeking through an ice-covered branch.

The Apostle Paul reminded us in scripture of the power of carefully observing and celebrating God’s amazing creation. He declared, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20, NIV). Could it be that many have become atheists, even Christian atheists, simply because they have not opened their eyes to the presence of God in the most “mundane” of moments.

The Season of Advent is not merely a celebration of the birth of Christ. Nor is it merely the anticipation of Christ’s return. It is also a powerful reminder of Emmanuel – God with us (even now during single-digit temperatures)! I must confess that today I was guilty of asking my office manager, “Is it summer yet?” instead of celebrating the beauty of God’s wonderful snow-covered creation. Clyde Reid once penned the following:

Celebrate the temporary - Don’t wait until tomorrow - Live today.

Celebrate the simple things - Enjoy the butterfly - Embrace the snow

Run with the ocean - Delight in the trees - Or a single lonely flower - Go barefoot in wet grass.

Don’t Wait - Until all the problems are solved - Or all the bills are paid.

You will wait forever - Eternity will come and go - And you - Will still be waiting.

Live in the now - With all its problems and its agonies - With its joy - And its pain.

Celebrate your pain - Your despair - Your anger - It means you’re alive.

Look closer - Breath deeper - Stand taller - Stop grieving the past.

There is joy and beauty – Today - It is temporary - Here now and gone.

So celebrate it - While you can - Celebrate the temporary.

I invite you to pray the following with me: Father, it is so easy for me to live automatically, so that nothing touches me or moves me. Give me the fullness of living in the now. In the name of your Son, who loved children and flowers and people, I pray. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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