Good evening my friends in Christ!
Well, Mitzi and I are on our way to Florida to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Well, we’re sort of on our way, actually. The flight was supposed to have a 5:50 pm departure with arrival there around 8:30. Well, it’s 5:37 pm, and instead of listening to the flight attendant going through their safety lesson, we are sitting in the airport still, because the flight has been delayed until 8:20 (unless there’s been another delay I’m not aware of, but kinda anticipating one). Yeesh. Instead of enjoying the swaying palms and general warmth and beauty of Florida, we’re killing time under the fluorescent lights and stale air of the airport.
Despite this, it is a cool way to describe what is coming up the Advent season that’s right around the corner. Even though we’re not even to Thanksgiving yet, the season of hope and promise will begin on the Sunday right after Thanksgiving. Advent allows us, and as Christians demands of us, to refocus our faith lives on Jesus our Savior. But what in the world does that mean, anyway: “refocus our faith lives”? What I believe it means is that God puts these kinds of events before us to draw us closer to Him, and He does this by reminding us of the greatest love story ever told & experienced in Jesus’ birth for us. He reminds us that it’s too easy for us to simply glide into Christmas without giving it all much thought; to continue to put our faith lives on cruise control until we click it off on Christmas day. If that’s the way I’d approach my marriage & family, I’d miss so much (plus I’d probably be divorced)! The sheer joy of Mitzi and the boys and “doing life” together. It’s hard for me to imagine anything different. I already miss the boys!
So why should it be any different in our relationship with Jesus? Each of us has allowed it to happen at various times. But the great news (the literal meaning of the word “gospel”) is that as we move farther and farther from God, yet He is as close to us as the Bible and prayer. As a planet moves farther and farther from the sun, the sun continues to draw it back to itself, in a never-ending cycle of far-and-yet-near. He continues to use His holy gravitational pull on us through the gifts of His Word and the special intimacy of prayer with Him. Please don’t neglect or reject this gift!
We’ll discuss the power of prayer this Sunday in our “Great FCC Prayer Revival.” As last week, it will mainly be a practical message, but this week we’ll focus on how to prayer and the benefits of it. Please come and be a part of the discussion. Don’t hold back any longer on a vital and intimate relationship with God through prayer. Here’s a great quote I found on the power and strength that is found in prayer: “He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.” John Bunyan
Lastly, I want to remind everyone that we will celebrate Thanksgiving once again on the eve before. That’s Wednesday 11/23 at 7:00 pm. Come with a heart that is open to Thankfulness to God for His many, many blessings.
Update on our flight: It’s been delayed one more time, now scheduled to depart at 9:00 pm. We’ll see… May God continue to give us His peace that “far surpasses our human understanding.” See you Sunday,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization