Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, December 17, 2018

Wow!

 

Luke 1:37-55 tells us about Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth. It was a ‘Wow!” moment. It causes Mary to break into song. “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior!” Life brings along ‘Wow!’ moments to us all.

As we approach Christmas, reflect on some of the “Wow!” moments in your own experience. Think about your earliest Christmas memories, your first job, your first kiss or your first car. Remember those times that have taken your breath away. An unexpected surprise. A precious gift. A milestone that has helped you be who you are today.

Think of the way people around you have blessed your life and helped you through the difficult times. Be thankful for the mentors, the teachers, the family members and friends… who often never realized they were having such a profoundly positive influence on your life.

Above all be overwhelmed for a moment as you consider God’s greatest gift… Jesus Christ. Consider the influence that small baby in the manger was to have, the lessons He brought that have changed the world for the better, the teaching He gave that we still strive to follow.

Think on His sacrifice and the promises Scripture makes regarding His death securing our salvation. Reflect on the mystery of His resurrection and the empowering of the Holy Spirit that can be born into your daily life.

And, as you reflect, pause for a moment to consider the ‘Wow!’ factor in all of the blessings that God has invested into our lives. It’s Christmas.

Here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian we have a number of special services to mark the season.

December 20, Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m, we have a "Winter Solstice Service of Remembrance," a time to recall those we have loved and lost and seek comfort for the difficult memories the season can sometimes evoke.

Sunday December 23rd will be an Advent themed worship service at 10:00 a.m. Christmas Eve we have a service of “Lessons, Carols and Candlelight” at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary and at 11:30 p.m. a “Christmas Communion” service in Hebron House.

For some Christmas music... the Mormon Tabernacle sing “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Christmas Blessings to you all!

Prayer. “Lord, You truly are an awesome God. Thank You for every blessing that has transformed my life and shaped my destiny. Help me never to take such things for granted, but out of thankfulness may I seek to be a means of blessing and joy to others. Amen.”

Rev. Adrian J Pratt B.D.

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