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Follow the Star

Follow the Star

Advent…a time to wait…a time to CELEBRATE!!! When I think of Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem, I can’t imagine traveling eight miles on the back of a donkey with very little baggage. Not only that, but also the anticipation of a baby that was about to be born. This was not an ordinary child. He had visitors ranging from the lowly shepherd to the royalty of kings. They all knew they had to come to this boy called Jesus for different reasons. We, too, need to come to Jesus for one reason…he was sent as a gift by God to save all of us. All we have to do is except that gift. Follow the star as the shepherds and Wiseman did. They traveled over many miles to find the Christ Child. All we have to do is say YES!

The Voices of Children

The Voices of Children

I was sitting at my desk in my office, trying to decide which pile of work to dig into first, when I heard the sound of preschoolers outside my window.  I looked up and saw them pointing at leaves and picking them up.  Each child had a bag in which they put their leaves.  I’m guessing there will be a project with wax paper involved.  They were excited and chatty as their voices raised, “I found one!”

We are blessed to have two schools at the United Methodist Church in Stow.  The voices of children often remind us as we are busy with the busyness of adults to stop every once in a while and enjoy a good time in God’s beautiful creation.

Being Still – with one active child

Being Still – with one active child

I’ve always learned a lot from children. Dante, the grandson of our pastor, is one of my teachers. He teaches me to think in other ways. Since his verbal skills are limited, I try to sometimes anticipate what Dante needs. Occasionally, I’m right. He wants a book or to sit on my lap. Other times I know to “be still.” As it says in the Bible, being still brings us closer to God. I’m not good at being still and neither is Dante, but together God is teaching us trust. Just one woman in a rocking chair and one active young boy.