Love is Patient – by Cheryl Green Rosario

“You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord’s coming is near.” – James 5:8

It’s the month of Advent!  A time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth!

And yet some of us may be tired of waiting, tired of preparing, tired of pivoting with an attempt to create some type of normalcy. But God tells us to be patient.

This has been one of the toughest years we have ever experienced. There has been a lot of waiting. Waiting for a vaccine, waiting to see loved ones, waiting to travel, waiting to be in school and waiting to be together in the sanctuary again. Some of you may be waiting on a new job opportunity, waiting in lines for a Covid-test or maybe even for a box of food at the food bank.

 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” – Psalm 40:1

And yet through all this waiting, the pandemic has also shown the love we have for each other. From the love the health care workers show to their patients daily, the first-responders that are always prepared to respond in an emergency and the clergy who are doing their best to lift spirits and encouraging each of us to remember to wait on God. We have neighbors giving a helping hand, teachers ensuring our children can continue their education despite being exhausted themselves and every day citizens doing what they can to be there for one another. These unprecedented times certainly can be viewed with a lens of love.

As we celebrate Advent this year, whether through a Zoom church service, daily devotions, lighting of candles and even the little ones excited to find what type of chocolate is in the tiny pocket of the Advent Calendar, let’s celebrate with love.

This year has given us perspective, appreciation for our many freedoms, a sense of gratitude and LOVE!

Please join FBCW this month for LOVE Came Down at Christmas!, a time of preparation and celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Love Came Down at Christmas!
 
This year’s Advent (time of preparation) and celebration of the birth of Jesus (Christmas) will focus on Love, not only as a feeling, but also an action that has no boundaries. Let’s make the holy-days meaningful and spiritual.
Join us as we celebrate that Love Came Down at Christmas on Sundays via Facebook live; 10:30 a.m.
 
1st Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020
~A HOPE that does not disappoint~
 
2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020
~A PEACE that fills our heart ~
 
3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020
~A JOY beyond measure~
 
Blue Christmas Service
2 p.m. – Zoom Service (a link will be emailed)
[A time to mourn and a time to remember all our losses, not only in 2020, but in years past.]
 
4th Sunday of Advent, December 20, 2020
~A LOVE like no other~
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
7 P.M
~LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS~
 
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