2" dir="ltr"> MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church: December 2012

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

God is Everywhere





The sanctuary lay in shadows, only the glow from the lit cross provided illumination. I felt drawn into the effervescent space. Cars raced by and the tick-toc of a clock were the only sounds emanating from outside and around me. I sat quietly, waiting expectantly for some sign, something that would explain why I was here at this moment. Nothing happened, at least at first perception.

The swooshing sounds of cars passing by grew fainter. The clock’s ticking dimmed and my eyes closed. There was just me. Words formed in my mind and I shared them. No one spoke in return, but I sensed I’d been heard. I praised the Creator of the World and shared my thoughts with Him. There was no earth shattering pleas for understanding or help. Just simple thoughts lifted to Him.

I opened my eyes. The sense of serene peace was gone. It wasn’t completely gone but it didn’t seem the same somehow. I’d never left the room but somehow I’d been transported to a different place. That wasn’t possible. Or was it?   

My eyes closed again, but it wasn’t the same as before. Where ever I’d been was gone. The sense of peace I now felt wasn’t exactly the peace I’d just experienced.

We don’t have to go to an actual church building to converse with God. God is everywhere and you can talk to Him anytime. You just have to shove the sights and sounds to the background and allow your focus to drift towards Him. You’ll know when you’ve arrived. Spend a few moments, or a long time. But do it often. You’ll be glad you did.

Have you spent some time with Him lately? How do you do it? Share your thoughts.

Blessings,
Anna






                                                            

Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Little did I know, as I penned last week’s thoughts more tragedy awaited us. Our hearts go out to those who were most affected by it. Mere words cannot comfort. Only the Holy Spirit can heal the broken hearts. The healing will take a lifetime.



 



The advent devotion for Sunday was JOY. It seemed ironic after the events of last week. I meditated on what I know about God and what this world is. I realized unless we keep our focus on Him, we slither back into darkness. JOY can be used as an acronym. ‘J’ stands for Jesus. ‘O’ for others, and ‘Y’ for you. If we put Jesus first, and others second, we won't dwell on ourselves; and most of the time that’s a good thing. 

This week let’s look for the one who needs a hug or a word of encouragement. Share Christ’s love with them. Love them where they’re at and walk alongside of them. Spend time seeking God. He’s always with us, but He likes it when we seek Him. When the day is done, we’ll realize that whatever situation we're in won't be as big as we thought.

May each of you have a blessed Christmas!

Blessings,
Anna


                                                            

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Ever Service











5 pm

Christmas carols, skit, devotional thoughts, communion and the lighting of the advent candles .

Everyone is welcome to attend. 










Peace





This week I was reminded of how fragile life is.

One moment, people were enjoying the festivities of a public shopping area. The next moment, terror filled the space. When all was said and done, 3 earthly lives ended; and another lay in the hospital with multiple wounds. Lives were disrupted, not just here but all over the country. Questions flew through the airwaves. Were my loved ones there? If so, are they okay?

For some, the memory will fade with the passage of time. For others, who were closer to harm’s way, the memories may linger the rest of their lives.

A phone call comes to me at work. My grandson’s school is in lockdown and a gun is involved. A text message asks me to come and pick him up. Students walking in groups are leaving the campus, cars with loved ones wait for their student to come out, flashing lights, police cars at every entrance blocking all entrances. A fire truck screams by. One by one the young people are reunited with a family member. Back to work I go, but my inner self is conflicted. We talked about peace last Sunday, and within two days, that word seems out of place in our little piece of the world.  

My thoughts are tangled. I lift prayers.  A verse comes to me, ‘Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. It is out of context for this situation but it comforts me as I remember that God is in control. Again, another verse comes to mind ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.’ 

Life is fragile, but with God, life is eternal.

May these words of God’s  encourage you this week.

Blessings,
Anna


Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Gift that keeps on Giving


The Gift that Keeps on Giving

 This last week was very busy here at MacArthur. We decorated our sanctuary and the fellowship room. Several families came out and spent several hours together to accomplish this. There was much laughter and good will amongst the generations. That evening some of our women braved the elements and came back to fellowship with each other at our annual Women’s Christmas Fellowship.

There will be Christmas gatherings throughout the coming weeks and we will probably find ourselves exhausted and looking forward to the week between Christmas and New Years so we can relax. We’ll mark off another year to the gifts we got or didn’t get. Or maybe how much money gifts we received and what we can spend it on. And through all the hubbub of this season, we will miss the true reason for it: It’s to remember how much God loves us. He sent us His Son. The only One who can reconcile us to God. That gift is the only gift that will matter in the end.

Have you accepted this gift? If not, why not?

Blessings,
Anna

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Eve Service







5 pm

Christmas carols, skit, devotional thoughts, communion and the lighting of the advent candles . Everyone is welcome to attend.