Doing unto the least of these is a great way to be aware, to keep alert, to stay awake, and to live our lives in the hope and expectation of Christ’s coming again.
We begin our new liturgical year this coming Sunday with the beginning of the Advent season. The word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming”. We celebrate four Sundays of Advent, followed by 12 days of Christmas. At the end of the 12 days, we celebrate the Epiphany, when we acknowledge the arrival of the Magi to worship our newborn Christ child and give Him gifts.
NEWSFLASH: I have kids and they enjoy Disney movies. Especially Pixar movies. Anna loves “The Incredibles” and “Inside Out.” Henry loves “A Bug’s Life” and “Cars.” My favorite is Toy Story 2, especially the outtakes which still cause me to roll on the floor with laughter.
It is that time of the year for “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night.” The days are getting shorter. Soon daylight savings will be over and outside will be dark thirty at 5:30. Halloween is the climax of this season that is well marked with trick-or-treating, costume parties, haunted houses, hayrides, bobbing for apples, cake walks and various other festival activities.
This past Saturday, we welcomed thousands of visitors to our Chapel grounds for 2017 A Day in the Country. And while I watched those thousands of visitors enjoying roasted corn, kids’ rides, barbecue, and vendor offerings, I watched our Chapel faithful work side by side.