Advent is a season of centering and waiting. Facing the darkest parts of life, we ask: what is central for us in our life? What gives us Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love? On this second week of Advent, we look at peace through the eyes of the prophet Joel.
In this season before Christmas, we often feel a restless longing, maybe even a bit of nostalgia about God, the Church or our young life of faith. I think that’s why so many people return to Church for Christmas Eve or Christmas services. The prophet Joel doesn’t criticize these feelings, but welcomes all people to search them out. “Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.” It’s an open invitation to everyone to return to God. We share that same open invitation to everyone. Return to God, come walk with us in faith, for when you do, God’s promised Spirit will open your life up to new dreams and visions of light and hope and goodness. Join us then … return to God, for we have dreams and visions of a future that includes you … that includes everyone! Parkside is the place where you belong!