December, 2020

To Be

We all can agree that 2020 is a year of Consistent uncertainty, Chaos, Catastrophe, Change, and Challenges. We all had to Contend with an uninvited, unannounced, and undetected guest, COVID-19, aka Coronavirus.

Change and Challenges are a normal part of human existence, and I must admit that I often welcome them as they break up the monotony of life. However, the Chaotic mess we find ourselves in this year has disrupted our Communities. Many of our everyday lives and privileges have been Curtailed, as Conscious decisions are made not to partake in activities that will cause us to be Contaminated. Caring for ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors are Central to survival. Therefore, we Cultivate new ways of Connectedness and Comply with the guidelines established so that by God’s grace, we can live, rejoice and give thanks for the ability to take another breath.

The past months have implored us to draw Closer to the Lord. Throughout this Crisis, I am encouraged and yet shaken to the Core as a Child of the Christian Faith. Yes, it has been difficult, but God is with us. With a daily dose of Courage and the willingness to be Changed as God sees necessary, we will rise above these Circumstances. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

As we embark on this sacred season of Advent, please permit me to share with you a few gifts I gleaned from ABA Father as I sat silently with him. Go ahead, unwrap, embrace, live, and share the following scriptures as we Celebrate Baby Jesus’ birth and await the return of Christ our Lord, the Redeemer.

Be fruitful and multiply. Genesis 1:28
Be blameless and true. Genesis 17:1
Be not afraid. Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 20:1, Joshua 1:9, 11:16, Matthew 14:27, Acts 18:9
Be planted by the rivers of water. Psalm 1:3 & Jeremiah 17:8
Be still and know I am God. Psalm 46:10
Be not conformed to this world: Romans 12:2
Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18
Be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10
Be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; 2 Corinthians 11:15
Be holy because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16
Be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Finally, take time to rest your body, mind, soul. William Penn said, “True silence is the rest of the mind and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”

May the blessings of God be upon you and shine brightly within your heart and home this Christmas, as CHRIST takes Center place in all you are and all you do.

In Christ,

Pastor Olivet