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Jacqui El Torro

Jacqui El Torro

Chair’s Corner

December 2020

Grace and peace,

The season of Advent is upon us, which means the year of 2020 is almost over. There has never been a time in my life that I have been so weary. Normally a news junkie, I can’t bear to watch it anymore. Praise God it is now Advent.

As Christians it is a time of expectancy and a time of preparation. A time when we celebrate that God our Father sent His only begotten Son into the world to save us from our sinful selves. We all know the expectancy part pretty well, but how much attention do we give to the preparation? This isn’t about cleaning, decorating and planning a feast or celebration. It isn’t about a music festival or a service ritual. This year, in 2020, we must prepare our souls and spirits to truly honor the gift that is Jesus the Christ. It has been a rough year; we have lost friends and family, not to death but to differences. We have lost our love for one another. Some have lost sight of what Christianity is all about   welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, caring for the widow and the children, respecting our neighbor and loving them as we love ourselves.

Our churches have been closed most of the year, only to show us that the Church is not and never was a building. We are the Church, to some we are the face and voice of God. In this Advent season prepare yourself to be the Christian that God expects you to be. In the last newsletter I asked you to reach out and touch somebody’s hand. Now I ask that you reach out and share the love of God, the peace of Christ with someone.

Let us together begin to heal this land; if Jesus returned tomorrow, would He say well done or would He weep for what we have become? We are blessed to be a blessing be the Light in the dark times. Christ and the Holy Spirit are walking with us into our full expectancy.

Blessed Advent, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Jacqui

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