This week’s sharp drop in temperature has signaled the change of season . The leaves all around us provide visual testimony that winter, with all its blessings and challenges, is on its way. If you need more convincing that the “holiday season” is waiting in the wings, this edition of our PCAT Newsletter offers ample evidence.
In the pages that follow there are opportunities for fellowship, service, study and mission. In the days ahead you can join others to sing, ring, pray, decorate, cook, worship with children, youth or older adults. For your sake and ours, I hope that you will be present with your church family during Advent and Christmas. The poet Madeleine L’Engle opens her poem “First Coming” with these words: “He did not wait till the world was ready …” In a real sense we can’t get “ready” for God’s Advent into our lives, but we can anticipate it and join in. The poet concludes her poem: “He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!” May we do the same.
by Madeleine L’Engle
He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.
He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.
He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.
He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.
We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!
In Faith for this Season,