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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"Midweek and Looking Ahead" Pastor Cindy's Devotion 12/04/2018

Do you look forward to the future?  Not just the weekend ahead or Christmas, but the big future, what is coming toward us?

I love the prophets in the Old Testament.  Elijah, Nathan, Isaiah, Micah, Deborah, Ezekiel, Amos and more.   They were these curious, quirky realists, who were completely unafraid to see what was actually happening in the world, the rumble and the roar, the human not-so-goodness.  And in the midst of the mess, they also heard God LOUD AND CLEAR!  And once they heard what God was saying, it was impossible to silence them.  They spoke the truth of God, never mind what people would think.  They spoke against greed and for generosity.  They pointed out selfishness and pointed toward mercy.  They held up a mirror even if no one really wanted to look into it.

I bet they were not invited to many parties.

And despite all this, as I read the prophets, they all seemed excited about the future.  Even in the middle of a disaster, they pointed out on the horizon and declared that God was on the way. They were warriors for hope.  They use the word “will” a lot.

Micah 5:4   He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
        in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
        They will dwell secure,
        because he will surely become great throughout the earth;
         he will become one of peace.

During this season of Advent, the prophets seem to show up again, pointing toward Christmas and all the Christmases beyond.  Something good is on the way.  The will of God.  We can look forward to the future.  Even if we are curious, quirky realists, we can look forward to the future and God will find us. 

Every blessing to you in this season of Advent,
Pastor Cindy
Pastor Cindy Hickman
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

We worship at 8:30 and 11 and you are invited!
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This week At WDMUMC:
MidWeek Refuel is cooking up a great meal on Wednesday night.  Supper starts at 5:30!
And it is never too late to join the choir!  They meet at 7:30 in the sanctuary.  They will be singing their way to Christmas.
And on Sunday:  we will be celebrating the gift of love as Lance Henning from Habitat for Humanity joins with Pastor Cindy in sharing the message.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

"Midweek and a Thanksgiving Prayer" Pastor Cindy's Devotion 11/21/2018

Hello friends,

Today I simply want to share my Thanksgiving prayer with you.

God of Goodness,

Thank you for my family,

My husband, my two daughters, the two good men who they have married, a granddaughter who just lost a front tooth and whose smile makes me smile.

Thank you for all who will gather at my house tomorrow,

My sister, who is such a gift and an inspiration to me, my brother in law who is good to have in the family, my niece just home from a mission trip to Kenya (I hope she brings pictures!), my nephew one semester away from college graduation, and three dogs.

Thank you for the loud messiness that will arrive with all of this.

                The talk.  The storytelling.  The card playing.  The football game.

Thank you for the food that will spread across every inch of the kitchen.

                The mash potatoes son in law #1 will make.  Fluff salad.  Essential green bean casserole.

Thank you for the moment of prayer, all of us standing in the kitchen, thanking you and remembering the family that is no longer with us.

Thank you for our history and for our future.

                Our parents and grandparents.  That college graduation.  A baby on the way.

Thank you for the way that gratitude grows as I pray.

Thank you for the way the act of thanking you reminds me that not everyone has all that I have.

                I pray for those who sit at an empty table, or an angry table, or a lonely table.

Thank you for the yawning of grace that happens, just in the act of saying “thank you.”

Good and Holy God, I hope Thanksgiving is a time of joy for you. I hope our celebration pleases you.

In the name of the one who shares his table with us all.


Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to you all,
Pastor Cindy
Pastor Cindy Hickman
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Ave
West Des Moines Iowa 50265

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We worship at 8:30 and 11 on Sundays and we would love to worship with you.