CAPA Corner: Pondering the Advent Season

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    We are now halfway through the Advent Season – Christmas is 13 days away!  We have already been involved with many activities: tree lighting, parading, partying, shopping, wrapping, the list goes on and on.  Sometimes we find that we get frustrated and tempers may even get short, especially when the push of time and “to do’s” bump up against each other.  It is in those moments that we can begin to wonder if all this is worth it.
    That is a good question to ponder.  Pondering is one of the activities of the Advent/Christmas season.  The writer of the Gospel of Luke tells us that when the shepherds got to where Mary, Joseph, and the baby were, they “made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”  (Luke 2: 17 – 19).
    I have always loved these verses.  They are filled with wonder, awe, and intentional thinking.  (To me that is what pondering is about.) And that is exactly what we do not have time for during this season if we are not careful.  A couple of nights ago as I was pulling in my driveway I noticed the moon with a bright star nearby.  I pondered, “is this something like what the shepherds saw?”
    May we all take the time to ponder the sights and sounds of the season and may that pondering lead us to the stable where the Christ Child was born.
Marie Williams, 
Blackwater United Methodist Church