| Gifts! That’s what’s been on my mind a lot as almost each day, one way or another I am reminded of the quickly decreasing number of days until December 25th. My almost daily concern is that I get excited about celebrating Christmas by making sure I give a gift to each one of those whom I love. I hope it to be a special gift which expresses my deep joy and love for them. I hope my “gifting” honors the Lord as well, who has blessed me with their love and along with that blessed all our lives with his love by coming among us. Gifts!
That’s what’s been on my mind a lot for a while now when it comes to our life and ministry together. I have been especially enthused about one gift which we have recently received from our Lord here at Jordan.
Back on a Saturday in October a group of leaders gathered to help the Lord identify for our community of faith a new “core purpose” (mission) statement. This we prayed would be something that we could use to evaluate all that we do together in ministry; something the Lord would use to build our relationships one with another closer and stronger; and something that would be exciting and inviting to share with those around us who are not yet part of our life and mission here.
I am excited to say that through those leaders the Lord has done just that! Each day I have become increasingly sure that these “four” simple, yet spirit-filled words will prove to be another awesome gift for our life and ministries together in all those ways we prayed and hoped.
Gifts! Join me in the excitement of these days of Advent preparation and Christmas celebrations that provide us the opportunity, individually and together, to deliberately and thoughtfully gift those we love. Giving as well as which gives honor to the One who continues to come among us even now in His gifts of blessing, grace and love.
The Lord be with you,
Rev. Jimmy Lee Werley