In launching my new corner, I want to begin by calling us to reflect on this advent season. One of the highest seasons of the church year, Advent is often the most neglected when it comes to trying to be still and meditate on the incarnation.

I also want to highlight upcoming events and prayer items. As always, I would be appreciative of any feedback ([email protected]). This, indeed, is a work in progress, but I pray would become an instrument of grace as you seek to live out the call of Christ here at Tenth.

Advent Reflections

Christmas: 'Tis the season to be BUSY!

The shops and internet have already been busy. Decorations have been up for a month and the call to preparation is well under way. You’re already behind! For too many of us this season becomes the paradox of excitement and dread. We so look forward to it but, too quickly, become overwhelmed by very things about it that we love.

Instead of choosing an extreme: either not celebrating the season, or giving in to the cultural crash of Christmas, perhaps there is another way to set the tone personally for this high season. The biblical clarion call for us all is no more clearly declared than in Psalm 46:10, in which the Lord commands, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!” That is not a call to inactivity as much as it is a call to reflection in the midst of activity.

Set the tone now. Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare you to pause as you anticipate this rich spiritual season. In turn, ask someone close to you to pray for you as well. Share with them your desire and burden to not forget and to practice the presence of the Lord who has come; the one who is to be exalted.

Tenth Highlights

Tenth International Fellowship (TIF) is hosting a Christmas party. All are invited to a fun evening and wonderful opportunity to celebrate Christmas with multinational friends on Saturday, December 13. RSVP to [email protected] or call Enrique at x223.

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