As we journey into this Christmas season, we have been living a life of patience (or impatience for some of us). The busyness of our lives is something we are constantly focusing on - and patience and waiting become an inconvienence we no longer are willing to wait for. And yet, our whole season of Advent causes us to wait, to reflect, and to recognize our feelings.
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, and yet for some it is a time of self doubt, lament, and sorrow. Everyone in this world does not always want to celebrate Christmas. And yet, it comes each year, at the same time, to enter into our lives like a frying pan to the face. The Christ child is born, and our whole lives change, and yet, do we feel that change, do we recognize that change, do we want that change? Well, it doesn't matter if we are ready or not, it is going to happen, the baby will be born and enter into our world to claim us, love us, and show us what God has in store.
So I hope, whether you are feeling sorrow or lament because it is the Christmas season, or if you are ready for the celebration, that Christ meets you where you are, and that you can open yourself up to him. May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with peace.
Pastor Mara Ahles-Iverson grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, attended the University of Iowa, and Wartburg Theological Seminary. She was married in 2012 and had a beautiful little girl in 2015. Zion is her second call in God's church, and so glad to be a part of the Kewanee community.