Drawing closer to god through prayer

Articles by Ann Fitzgerald regarding the power of prayer along with

seasonal church related observances.

Advent Traditions

Advent is a time rich with traditions. Many families bake cookies. My family made things. Every year we tried our hands at some new craft. It was my 7th Christmas. Grandma and I had our Christmas task spread out on the bed between us. I sat cross-legged, head in hands as she showed me the amazing project of the year. It was a red felt chimney with a pipe-cleaner Santa climbing out of the top. I carefully glued red felt around a styrofoam block and painstakingly drew lines on it to make bricks. Puffs of cotton created snow. I fashioned a Santa from pipe-cleaners with a small wooden bead for his head and cut out felt triangle for his jacket and hat and placed him into the chimney. Our art was given a place of honor that Christmas. The artwork met its demise decades ago but the message inscribed in my heart remains today. It was a message of belonging. I know who I am because of the connections that have been made throughout my life. I have held the hands of my grandmother born in the 19th century and cradled my grandchildren born in the 21st century. I am part of a lineage and a link to the next generation.

A more important connection was made over 2,000 years ago. A baby born in a barn, sleeping in a manger in a small town may have seemed mundane. The manger decayed but the message of that night remains in the hearts of every human being. We know who we are by the connections that have been made. The birth of this baby means we are part of the lineage of Abraham and David. And we are links to the world around us spanning generations and circling the globe.

Let the traditions of advent become physical reminders of the spiritual connection that last forever. Remember that we are the links to the world around us. Pray for the compassionate hearts and willing hands to make connections in our world today. Let Advent be a time of prayer.

UPCOMING PRAYER VIGIL January 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ urges us to participate in a world-wide prayer vigil on January 2nd,3rd, and 4th of 2018. Whether this is in your home or at the church plan to be part of this time of churchwide prayer. Pay attention for more details on how to be part of this important event.

December 10, 2017

Earlier Advent articles here