December 11th Newsletter
Grace and peace to you in this Advent season. I know many of you are preparing for final exams and writing your final papers. Keep at it! You’re going to do great. Many others are grading said papers and said exams. Our prayers are with you, too. You’re all doing sacred work in forming minds and lives in wisdom and knowledge to the glory of God. We’re grateful for you.
I myself have a paper due as well. Most of you know that I’m working on a doctorate at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. I’ll be there for the first two weeks of January for the Winter Session. For that class I have a paper due in early January and then will have another one due after the course is completed. So it’s back to school for me. I worry about it like most people I know who have an assignment due, but I also enjoy the process of working through focused theological and biblical study as it informs my ministry. Until I started back in the program in 2018, it had been a long time since I was in school so I had to knock some rust off, but I also had energy for the work. I still do. So, as you wrap up in the next week, think of those of us who are still at it even over the holidays!
Last Wednesday’s Hanging of the Green service was very sweet, and the meal afterward was fun, too. Thanks to everyone who was a part of it. And please continue to visit the mission tree. We’d like to see all those ornaments disappear as each one represents a gift to one of our partner ministries.
You remain in my prayers during this season and all that it holds. Advent is a beautiful time of year even when its commemorated as the ancients used to do: as a time of reflection and repentance. We’re preparing for the coming of the Lord! Let us continue to watch, to be alert, and to prepare the way of the Lord in our fasts and in our feasts.
Peace to you,
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