Christmas is in the air. We are bombarded daily with toy ads on the television and in the newspapers. We hear Christmas music on the street, in the malls, in our cars, and in our homes. We get caught up in hustle and bustle of the worldly holiday, cooking, baking, buying, wrapping, decorating, etc. We become stressed, impatient, and busy, busy, busy. How then do we expect our children to grasp the real meaning of Christmas?

We can start by observing Advent. The candles on an Advent wreath remind us that Jesus is the light of the world they also remind us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God’s grace to others. Talk to the children about the advent wreath in our church or set one out in your home. Begin to talk to them about being a light to others. Involve them in preparing food for a homeless shelter, or a neighbor who needs help. Visit the Saucon Valley Manor with our youth on December 7. Encourage them to pray for others. Talk to them about your religious experiences and your faith. Shop together to buy a gift for a needy child. Set up a Crèche in your home together.

I’m not criticizing our culture’s celebration of Christmas. I enjoy the season as much as anyone else. I just pray that the observance of Advent helps us to celebrate the first coming of Christ, and prepares us as we await for the second.

May God grant you all a hope filled Advent season and a blessed Merry Christmas.

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Susan