Carmel UMC


Advent Week 1 - The Annunciation

12.04.17 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier

Advent Week 1 - The Annunciation

    This first Sunday of Advent, we talked about Mary, mother of Jesus, who came from Nazareth.

    As I was thinking about Mary, I found myself thinking a great deal about the fact that she had grown up as a regular little girl and surely had the usual little girl plans for her life...probably a quiet life as I would have to believe that was what was to be had in Nazareth in the first century. If she were to be like so many of the women of that time, she would marry as a young teenager and begin to have babies right away. And a simple life as wife and mother would be before her. But her plan and hopes and dreams would not be what she had planned and hoped and dreamed.

    How often is that our life? As a young person we have these hopes, dreams, aspirations but things happen which lead us on another path which oftentimes is not necessarily an easier path nor an expected path.

    I believe what Mary says to us is that these unexpected times will happen and what matters is what we do with what we have before us. Mary certainly could have denied God's call and chosen to pursue her desired dreams but Mary chose the better way...and that way was faithfulness to God.

    So Mary has me thinking back to the hopes and dreams that I had for my life, and those that I still have for my life, and wondering was I faithful? Will I be faithful?

    Keep Christ in Christmas, Pastor Patti

    Rev. Patti Napier
    Senior Pastor
    Carmel UMC

    Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” Amen.

    Prayer by Henri Nouwen