From Inside the Collar
Advent begins the new church year and is a perfect time to begin, or reinforce, a new holy habit. Often the gifts that mean the most in building a relationship, are the small daily rituals or routines. Thought and care and listening with the soul (and knowing when not to listen, too!), teach us to love (and to receive love-which is just as hard).
Morning Prayer, Bible Study, meditation, prayer, silence, solitude, giving, serving, celebrating...in these holy habits we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit and begin to know him better. His Spirit draws our spirit and we think his thoughts and are lifted beyond the limits of our perspective. He grants us his vision, even in glimpses. We begin to feel his power coursing through us and recognize him for who he is.
Christianity is not a spectator sport. There is no substitute for you personally falling in love with God. You will have to fall. That is why Advent is a penitential season. It isn't to make you feel badly, it is to pick you up and dust you off so that you shine with a light greater than your own. Advent is for getting out of your own way and paving the way for God.
Holy habits are happy habits and will fill you with Joy.
Mobile, Loaves and Fishes
When we take the truck to Emmanuel House shelter on Dec.13, Christmas will be only 12 days away. More important for the men at the shelter, it will finally be getting winter-cold. We’ve been asked to bring some thermal underwear if possible (men’s M, L & XL), and please know that our food donations are wonderful and needed. The thermals are optional! Of course, it’s all optional—and so very much appreciated. The heartfelt thanks we receive each month are for you, and we are a month slow in thanking those of you who responded to the earlier coat&jacket drive. Warm hearts truly help make warm bodies!