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December 8, 2019

“In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.” (Isaiah 11:6)

Dear Friends in Christ,

Have you ever been the recipient of a surprise birthday party, bridal shower or retirement party? Or maybe you helped plan one for someone else. What fun, an unexpected surprise can be very memorable.

The prophet Isaiah tells us many surprising things. First, a branch will grow out of a seemingly dead stump of a tree. Then a meek lamb will live with a fierce lion, a wild leopard will sleep near a young goat, the cow and the bear will graze together, and a child will play near snakes and not be harmed. Isaiah reminds us that with God all things are possible.

Who expects a man dressed in animal fur and eating locusts with wild honey to tell us about Jesus, or for the Savior to come as a baby born in a simple stable, or for this same Savior to die on a cross for us and three days later to be resurrected. God is full of surprises. I invite you this Advent season, let your heart be open to be surprised by God.


Blessed God, please prepare us for the coming of our Savior

by opening our hearts to your wonderful and surprising works.

Let us praise you as we discover all that you have done for us and are still doing for us. Amen.

Blessing on your Advent journey,

Pastor Monica


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