Good morning friends—
Christmas is coming! That is probably not news to you. There are just 11 shopping days until Christmas. That whole business of thinking of our days as “shopping days” got me to thinking about how we might spend these days leading up to Christmas. Read this week’s devotion to learn what these days might hold. How will you spend these days? Blessings to you, Pastor Cindy
PS: Feel free to forward this on to others. Let them know you are spending these days thinking of them!
11 Shopping days to Christmas!
11 Get the tree ready, get the gifts ready, get me ready days.
11 Watching children, giddy with the season, sing and clap their hands about what is about to happen days.
11 Days pondering why God would want to take on our human life.
11 Days making room for the Christ Child to live in my neighborhood.
11 Peering into the manger days and knowing God picked the perfect place to be born, the prince of the humble and the hurting.
11 Looking again at the nativities around my home days. Mary with head bowed looking over her child, Joseph just behind her shoulder standing tall with a staff in hand, and wondering where I stand in the story of Christ’s birth.
11 Looking into the mailbox days and reaching for Christmas cards from old friends.
11 Listening to the news days and wondering what Christmas looks like in refugee camps or war-torn places days, wondering how and when God will heal the divisions between us, wondering if we will let God do that.
11 Singing Christmas carol days and believing the lyrics “peace on earth, good will to men” could possibly become a reality.
11 Days to open my heart to receive the Christ, to receive the light, to carry it for the rest of my days.
The sun just came up while I am writing this. Time to live this day.
Every blessing to you as we make our way to Christmas!
Pastor Cindy Hickman
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines Iowa 50265
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We worship at 8:30 and 11 and we would love to worship with you!
This week at West Des Moines United Methodist Church
On Sunday we will continue our sermon series, Not The Christmas We Would Have Planned. Christ was born into a world in quite a mess. Why would God do such a thing? Come Sunday and we will talk about it! God’s plans are always bigger than ours.
Tonight! Wednesday Night Live is serving up roast beef and mash potatoes in their last dinner before our Christmas break. The cost is simply a free will offering, pay what works for you. The proceeds from the dinner will help meet the hunger needs of our neighbors. During Christmas break, we will be providing 75 Subway sandwiches to children at Hillside Elementary. A very good way to celebrate the birth of Christ among us.