From the Pastor-Dec. 2017

Dec 11, 2017 by

“And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.”

We will return soon to our explorations of the teachings from the Abbas and Ammas in early Christendom.  But this month, as we head into the seasons of Advent and Christmas, I would like to turn to Luke 1:30-33.

Through the announcement to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus, the possibility of the birth of Christ in all of us was announced.  The opportunity to us as Christians this Advent is for an inner renewal of that birthing, to which we each are called.  How can we give birth to the living Christ within our hearts again this season?

A minister from another denomination once confided in me that whenever she was asked to share her story of being called to the ministry, she often felt her calling to sound inadequate compared to those of others.  At a religious event, she had simply and deeply realized the significance of the Gospel.  Due to her distinct gifts, her ministry had grown out of that moment.

Yet those of us who know her, know her to be a person of deep faith and holy wisdom, whose widely sought out counsel makes her a minister to ministers and laity alike.  With her keen insight and compassion, she has also mentored many students at a nearby seminary.  I once heard a seminary student say of her, “She is the most Christ-like person I know.”

I think she was able , at her calling, to begin immediately to incorporate Christ into her very being.  She simply took straight to heart as few others do the discipleship of continuing to grow more deeply into his loving image.  This Christmas, we are each called again to give birth to Christ, through our own particular gifts, and to “Let the Word of Christ dwell in [us] in all its fullness” (Col. 3:16).

Wishing each of you a blessed Advent and Christmas Season,


Betsy Caudill

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