Christmas Wish

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Look at the kids and you never find a Scrooge among them.
 

 Kids love Christmas: the colors, lights, cookies, traditions and, of course, the gifts!

Ask them what they like about Christmas and it is the feeling that Christmas leaves in their heart.

They are excited! They anticipate  joy!  They believe in Christmas!

 

So why do adults lose Christmas?

We think Christmas is only for children.

Our Christmas wishes grow with things that cannot be bought in a store.

 

 We want our family around us,

Laugh with our friends and

Make all of the bad things go away.
 

This is why there is always a gift under the tree for us:

 A piece of heaven wrapped in Jesus.

 

Jesus connects us to the divine with a step into eternity,

Transforms our weary souls into a better version of ourselves,

Life has meaning, purpose, and direction.

 

Jesus forgives the secrets that still hurt,

Heals broken relationships from a life time ago,

And gives us courage to make the decisions we must make.

 

Jesus transforms us into a better sister, brother, mother, father, or grandparent.

We become better neighbors, friends, and strangers.

We see the world through Jesus’ eyes.

 

We give because our hearts will not let us stop.

That is when Christmas finds us.

We see the possibilities.

 

Hope, Love, Joy and Peace,

 

When heaven connects with our heart.

 

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Terri 



Modern Times

waiting-man Our world is one hot mess.  We are polarized, captivated by our own anger at one another. No one wins.
 

But, these words keep pushing me :If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14  (NRSV)

Humbleness… well that trait went out of style years ago, replaced by an insatiable appetite about ourselves.  We tuned into the stationWIFM-What’s In it For Me, pushing and shoving our way through life just to get an edge up, a tiny piece of something more than the stranger next door.  We want it, therefore we take it.  Nothing else matters but our own point of view.

We didn’t get here overnight, you know. It took time, well planned and orchestrated effort to develop a nation of people primarily fixed on their own needs and desires. It took self-help books, talk shows, slogans, and messages on our walls to create a world of takers instead of givers. “Believe in yourself,” “fight for yourself” and “look out for number one!”

Somewhere in our effort to foster healthy self-esteem, we created a monster and unleashed it across America. The beast invaded the presidential elections, the nightly news and the streets of our cities. We felt a need to be right above all others, from city hall to our kids’ ball games, nothing was off-limits. Profanities, sarcastic humor, accusations, and bullish behavior was not only condoned, it was exemplified.  There was no filter, no attempt to be nice, and no effort to be kind to one another, let alone be ‘humble’.

We lost the value in being humble, to lift up the soul of another person with equal honor and respect. Humbleness underscores kindness, generosity, compassion and human dignity. To  humble ourselves is to stop pushing, shoving, and accusing; to let the other go first, congratulate the winner,  be a gracious opponent and put down the weapons of violence.  It allows us to be silent, to experience the moment and to recognize God plunked down in our midst.

Humbleness changes our perspective on life.  We discover that we are not  center stage of the universe, nor have we ever been.  Life is not all about us!  We have no choice but to fall down to our knees, seek God’s favor and ask forgiveness of our selfish ways. We admit  that we are thirsty and hungry, compelled to drink in God’s perfection like a beautiful wine and share in the holy bread. We long to be refreshed,  for the peace that fills our empty souls and heals our broken land. 
 
God, in your mercy, hear us.
 


CAMP 2016

 DISCOVER CAMP 2016!  

 
 
Join LeSueur UMC at Camp the week of July 17, 2016.
 
We want to take a BUS LOAD of kids to camp!  
Friends welcome.
 
Cost is $75 per camper thanks to scholarships available!
 
 
Other camps also available!
 
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