Pastor's Passage

Pastors Passage

December 2015


Here we are again at the start of another Advent season when we are supposed to be remembering the first advent of our Messiah. And of course a big part of that celebration for most of us for lots of reasons involves lots and lots of food. Cookies, pies, pudding, cakes, nuts, candy, and certainly some sort of roast beast is all part of this incredibly festive occasion.  Why do we eat so much? Why is it that with so many of our very important occasions, the celebration almost always involves a good bit of eating?

Well let’s think about it. One occasion I recall is the first time I took my wife, Darla out on a date. I took her out to eat to my favorite restaurant. Genghis Kahn. I did that because I knew I would get to know her better by sharing a meal with her. Meals together make for good relationship. To this day we still celebrate and strengthen our relationship by going out to eat together.

Another good example is this huge family Darla and I know, the Hanson’s. They showed up at the church where our kids were attending and they invited them out to do what? You guessed it they had them out to eat! If they ever sent me a bill for all the meals our kids ate at their home I’m pretty sure it would require several monthly payments for me to pay it all off. And I’m glad to say they also wanted to get to know the parents of our children so guess what, they had us out for dinner too! And so now I’ve experienced the Hanson family meal phenomena. When people get together to eat, wonderful relationships are begun and then sustained by the fellowship that only seems to happen around food. Now both our kids and we are good friends with the Hansons and we have a fun relationship/friendship that every time involves quite a bit of food.

So where am I going with this? I want you to prayerfully think about these red-letter words right from the heart of our Savior, Jesus from Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

I wanted to get to know Darla really well so I took her out to eat. The Hansons wanted to get to know us so they have us out to eat. The God of the universe who died to have a relationship with you is standing at the door and knocking on your door. Will you let Him in and have Him sit down with you and share a meal, and talk with Him and listen to His words? You will be so blessed if you do.  Merry Christmas!