Pastor’s Ponderings

Dear Family and Friends of Woodmar,

Happy New Year! For Christians, the new year begins with the first Sunday in Advent, so Happy New Year! Two questions keep coming to mind: What will the new year bring? What will we bring to the new year?
We can’t control what the new year will bring. We have no way of knowing the joys, the losses, or the disappointments that will come our way. Thanks be to God we need not fear the uncertainties of life, for through Jesus, God made it known that he is Emmanuel…God with us. We can be confident that no matter what happens, God is with us.
So, what will we bring to the new year? Now, that’s a question we can do something about.  Life can be uncertain, but we can choose to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ every single day. 
Advent is the perfect time to contemplate what it means to be a faithful disciple. We are faced with the tension between those things our culture deems important, “Go shopping! Clean your house! Prepare food! Decorate! Wrap gifts! Post perfect holiday photos on Facebook!” and what God’s Word tells us: Stay alert! Keep watch! Be prepared, for your King is coming! Will you please join me in reflecting on what it means to be a faithful disciple as we journey through Advent together? If you are willing, please write down your reflections to share with me. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

The King is coming! Happy New Year!

Living in the Grip of God’s Grace,

Pastor Esta


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