“Look closer and you will see this blessing is not finished,
that you are part of the path it is preparing,
that you are how this blessing means to be a voice within the wilderness
and a welcome for the way.”
Jan Richardson, “Blessing the Way,” Circle of Grace
Dear Members and Friends of Wyoming Church,
As we continue our journey together, we have officially entered the season of Advent, the season of waiting and hoping for the Coming Christ. Parking lots are jammed, holiday music is playing, lights are strung in our neighborhoods, even Netflix is suggesting Christmas movies for you. These are all signs that we are in a different kind of season, a season of jubilance and celebration.
Of course, the joy and hustle and bustle of the season is not the full story. Country Singer Kacey Musgraves wrote “Every year, I sincerely try, oh, but Christmas, it always makes me cry.” While there are ample opportunities to celebrate, this is also a time of year in which our own losses, loneliness and brokenness come to light.
The promise, of course, to all of us is that there is space for both joy and pain during Advent. Indeed, allowing ourselves to feel the ache of our human experience, as well as God’s coming Promise, is part of that preparation. After all, God-with-us came into a broken world, proclaiming a vision that we all still yearn for—peace, love, hope, and joy.
At Wyoming Church, there are opportunities to hope and wait together as a community, as well as to reach out to those in need in our world through the missions of the church. I hope to see as many of you as are able during this time of prayer, preparation, fellowship—to make room for Christ in our hearts, homes, community and world.
May the blessings of Christ be with you this Advent and upcoming Christmas Season.
Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga, Interim Pastor