12/7 Monday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/07/20
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
This carol was written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, a Unitarian pastor in Massachusetts. This is another carol influenced by war and troubled times as the Mexican-American war had recently ended. One verse, in particular, speaks to those facing adversity, “And ye, beneath life's crushing load/Whose forms are bending low/Who toil along the climbing way/With painful steps and slow” and tells them to watch for the angels bringing the good news of God’s love.
40 The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Just before Advent for many years we have had the cookie bake at Ward’s Chapel. We were preparing for something to come. As you know a majority of the funds raised has gone to support our teams participating in Camp Hope each summer. We have helped repair many homes in Western Maryland for 30 plus years. Some of these were for the elderly and others were for families that needed some assistance. Just as important as the repairs, bonds of love were formed with individuals and families as we shared in their lives for one short week each summer. Yes, homes were repaired but also relationships were built with other campers, our own youth, and the families receiving help. As we shared together we all became “one of the least of these” in your sight. Many times we received back much more than we were there to give.
Pray with us:
Dear God, as we prepare for this Advent help us to recognize our neighbors in need. Help us to spread the good news of your Son’s birth and your plan of salvation. Open our eyes to the needs around us that we might share some of our gifts to a hurting world. In your name, we pray. Amen
(Reflection and Prayer by Charlie Dell)