19338 Beaver Dam Rd, PO Box 67, Beaverdam, VA 23015
Beaverdam United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Friends, United in Christ, Nurturing Each Other and the World
Dear Church Family,
     “The angel said to the shepherds, ‘Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2: 10-12 The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)   
     Talk about an understatement! “A great and joyful event” hardly does justice to the God of the universe, the Only True God coming to be in our midst, to live among us. But this time of year, words often seem inadequate to fully express all that we experience and share together. Yet, even though they are often inadequate, we still want to express the wonder and the awe and so we use words to do that. During Advent, the season of watching and waiting, we will focus our attention on 4 small words.  Words that are on the Christmas list of every person in the world in one way or another – hope, peace, joy and love. The world as a whole and us as individuals who make up our world long for the hope, the peace, the joy and the love that was “wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”   
     So this Advent, we watch and wait together to receive every one of our wishes as we unwrap the One who came, lived among us and offered us Himself. Words are inadequate but we use them anyhow to say, “Thanks be to God for His Gift, precious beyond telling – His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 The Amplified Bible)
     With transforming Christmas hope,
     Claudia