Dear Family of Faith,
One of my favorite authors is Henri Nouwen. His writings have inspired me and sustained my spirit across several decades. His wisdom is enduring. This advent season as we seek to embrace and see the beauty in darkness, this writing spoke to me and I hope it does you as well.
“It is easy to put the bad memories under the rug of my life and to think only about the good things that please me. By doing so I prevent myself from discovering the joy beneath my sorrow, the peace hidden in the midst of my conflicts, and the strength that becomes visible in the midst of my weaknesses.” (Weavings, November/December 1992, p. 39-40)
As we enter the darkest days of the year, my prayer for all of us is that we discover God’s gifts for us in the darkness. The peace that passes all understanding. The joy that shines through in unexpected ways. The love that encompasses all of life.
Christmas Eve will be different this year. We will gather digitally on Zoom at 7pm. Rumor has it God and 3 angels will come to visit us as we enjoy Stories and Songs in front of the Christmas Tree! I encourage you to join us! Pajamas welcome! Go to www.zoom.us. Click on “Join meeting.” Then enter the meeting ID# 883 3388 9515. Call for the passcode! Then enable your video and audio. You will be able to see everyone on your screen, whether it is a cell phone, tablet, or computer. Bring a candle and we will light those together.
We are continuing to worship Sunday mornings on Zoom at 9 am (call the office for the password) and in-person at 11:00 am at Holbrook. All are welcome. We do wear masks and socially distance to minimize the risk.
Thank yous continue to come in from Livingston Health Care and Park County Public Health. Our act of generosity and kindness is having a rippling impact of encouragement and hope!
You are all in my prayers as we journey through this unusual season. Stay safe and take care.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Park County United Methodist Ministries
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