Dear Imago Dei Family,
The holidays are here, which is hard to believe! With that comes a sense of anticipation. Some of that anticipation is hopeful, as we think about gathering with family and friends and the joy that kids carry into this season. But some of it is less hopeful; the busyness, shopping and obligations can make this season overwhelming.
This Advent I want to call you into a different space. As a church family we get to experience the coming of Christ and live into His story with a new sense of faithfulness and hope. For the last several years we’ve strived to resist the demand of consumerism by spending less money on things, creatively giving relational gifts and practicing generosity by loving those in the world who are often forgotten. In 2016, we focused on clean water initiatives for communities in Africa. With clean water came hope and opportunity for literally hundreds and hundreds of families. We intend to help provide even more clean water wells with this year’s Advent Conspiracy Offering.
We’re continuing our tradition this year, declaring that Jesus has come and that He changes everything. Our Advent theme this year is Here in Anticipation. We will look back and celebrate the birth of Christ, the joy of Christmas, as we receive the gift of Emmanuel, God with us. We also look forward, anticipating Christ’s coming again to put our broken world back together.
We live Here, but we also live In Anticipation that the story we’re in is moving toward a beautiful fulfillment. Things will once and forever be what Christ has promised; a world full of life and beauty without sin, brokenness or destruction. By celebrating Advent in this way, we proclaim that there is a generous God who has given us everything in Jesus, and every year He meets us in profound ways.
Jeanne and I are grateful to be part of a church family that dares to live into the story of Christ in such a tangible way. So from my family to yours, we pray that your Advent season is one of joy, rest and peace through the gift of Jesus Christ.
The McKinley Family
Original art by Alex Chiu.