Advent is a journey filled expectation. Filled with hope – Hope of things to come. We begin the journey waiting; Waiting for the Savior to come. The journey is part of the preparation and the preparation is the journey.

John Steinbeck writes: “A journey is a person in itself. No two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us” [1]  John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley (New York: Bantam Books, 1961) p. 4.

During this Advent journey I pray that you be open to what God might have waiting for you. May you find the road filled with new life among that which is familiar. May you be surprised by the Gift of Joy God has for you such is found in His Son, Jesus Christ.

As you prepare for the journey of Advent – the inward preparation of the heart, mind and spirit can get lost in all the external preparations of holidays. I pray you pause each day to prepare your heart, your mind and soul for the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let the King of Glory enter in to all that you do this season.

May we also look forward to the journey into the New Year with great excitement and anticipation. I have great expectations for the coming year. What might this year bring to St. John of the Cross? What new ways will we be Christ’s hands and feet in the world today? How might our relationship with Christ enrich our lives and those we meet? May we be open to wherever the journey takes us.

I look forward to traveling this journey with my new parish family at St. John of the Cross.
Blessings to you and yours in this season of Advent and through all Christmastide.
Chuck and I want to wish you the true gifts of Christmas:

The gifts of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love that are found in His Son, Jesus Christ.
With my deepest gratitude for all that you do and all that you are, I am…

Yours In Christ,

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