Fishers UMC Blog

Why do we wait?

The Israelites were desperate for reconciliation with God, for restoration to their homeland, and for deliverance from captivity. 

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;

What holds us captive is different.  Our exile is more likely to be from something, not someplace.  

From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.

Yet through our struggles, just like the Israelites, we continue to rely on the Lord.

Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

They longed for a strong ruler. 

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

What they were given was far greater. 

By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;

What we’ve been given is immeasurable. 

By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne. 

That the God of the universe comes to us at the point of our deepest need…that he intersects our life with his loving presence in Christ Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer…that’s what His birth is all about.

All praise be to God!   

jenni debaun
Administrative Assistant/Facilities Scheduler/50+ Coordinator/Hamilton Trace Worship Coordinator

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus lyrics by Charles Wesley, 1744

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The Greatest Gift Of All

For most small children, Christmas is a time of presents.  As they grow and mature, giving gifts becomes as important as receiving them.  Still later, children learn that there is an art to giving a special gift thoughtfully planned and prepared for the recipient.  Even more important and much more meaningful is the gift of Christmas Spirit.   Christmas Spirit comes from deep within you.  It lights up your entire being; it makes your attitude joyous and gracious.  It allows others to see the countenance of Christ on your face and in your smile.  Jesus is love and His love is contagious.  Consider for just a moment how a child feels when he sees a happy person, glowing from within with warm acceptance and a welcoming heart.  More than we realize, those memories of love and acceptance are images that can stay with a child for a lifetime.

If you can give a child the gift of the Christmas Spirit, then you’ve given them the greatest gift of all.  

Jane Musser
Director of the Fishers UMC Preschool/Mother's Day Out
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