Love Grows Here
A message from Pastor Sherry
Pastor Sherry Morrison-Russell
Sometimes, good advertising is a matter of planting good seeds, as did the woman who wanted peace in the world and peace in her heart, but was very frustrated. The world seemed to be falling apart. She would read the papers and get depressed.
One day she decided to go shopping, and she went into a mall and picked a store at random. She walked in and was surprised to see Jesus behind the counter. She knew it was Jesus because he looked just like the pictures she'd seen on holy cards and devotional pictures. She finally got up her nerve and asked, "Excuse me, are you Jesus?"
"Do you work here?"
"No, I own the store."
"Oh, what do you sell here?"
"Just about everything," Jesus said. "Feel free to walk up and down the aisles, make a list, see what it is you want and then come back and we'll see what we can do for you."
She did just that, walked up and down the aisles. There was peace on earth, no more war, no hunger or poverty, peace in families, no more drugs, harmony, clean air, careful use of resources. She wrote furiously. By the time she got back to the counter, she had a long list. Jesus took the list, skimmed through it, looked up at her and smiled. "No problem." And then he bent down behind the counter and picked out all sorts of things, stood up and laid out the packets. She asked, "What are these?"
"Seed packets," Jesus said. This is a catalog store."
She said, "You mean I don't get the finished product?"
"No, this is a place of dreams. You come and see what it looks like, and I give you the seeds. You plant the seeds. You go home and nurture them and help them to grow and someone else reaps the benefits."
"Oh," she said. And she left the store without buying anything.
--Migan McKenna in Parables, cited in Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spiritual Literacy (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996), 359
John 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
Join us this weekend, as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday in Advent. We will hear the prophetic words of Isaiah proclaimed from Jesus himself who stirred up the crowds gathered back in his day and still stirs us into action today. We will share in our Folk 2 liturgy at our early service and our contemporary liturgy at our late service. Sunday school and All in One Sunday school continue to meet this week. I hope you are still filling your LSSM Advent Collection Box with loose change, green cash or checks so we can bring those together in January. If your holiday travel will have you away please feel free to bring in your Advent Box in advance. Also, this is the last week to sign up for a Christmas Flower. Don’t forget to stop by the Cookie Walk on Saturday for delicious baked goods.
Don’t miss Cross Family Christmas at 3:00 or 5:30 on Sunday as well!
Blessed Advent! Yours in Christ at Cross,