Advent at Red Clay
From The Pastor
When I was growing up, I loved sitting under the Christmas tree. With Bing Crosby singing, “O Holy Night” in the background, I would get a bowl of my mother’s ambrosia and gaze at the various ornaments. The twinkling lights were hypnotically relaxing, the tree smelled so fresh, and the orange/pineapple/coconut/pecan dessert was delicious. Whenever I hear Crosby sing the line, “Fall on your knees,” chills run up and down my spine, and I am carried back to those evenings so many years ago.
Christmas and the Advent season are a feast for the senses! Consider how our witness to Jesus is described in the opening verses of I John: We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seenwith our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.
We don’t simply celebrate the season with our heart or our minds; we see and taste and touch and hear and smell the good news of God’s love.
Christmas reminds us that ours is a very earthy faith, a faith focused on this world. We seek to experience God not in the stars or in sweeping emotional ecstasy. No, in the words of Eugene Peterson, our faith is rather pedestrian. It’s common and ordinary.
We might be surprised by God when we are preparing the bread and juice for communion, or when we are cooking a dinner for Friendship House.
We might experience God in holding the hands of a man grieving the death of his wife. We might experience God when we see hunger on the face of a child, or when we hear the grunts and groans of men, women and youth working to repair a dilapidated house. We might even experience God in the face of a baby lying in a feeding trough surrounded by animals, shepherds and two exhausted parents.
As all of us travel together to the manger in Bethlehem, may we all be renewed by the pedestrian love of the Christ child who meets us where we are!
by Patrick Vaughn
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