Great Expectations

Just as I did when I was pregnant 26 years ago, my daughter Aubrey has been reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Not only is she reading a new edition of the book, but her study is supported by a website that has everything from preconception to pregnancy to a baby registry. Expecting is exciting but it is also terrifying, exhausting work. She’s not sleeping well. She’s concerned about the pain of labor and delivery. She’s worried about the health of her baby. She’s anxious to meet her daughter. So am I. It’s hard to not be concerned, worried and anxious when your baby is expecting a baby.

Life is fragile. No other lesson has been driven home as hard this past year as this one. Our bodies are mortal. Our hearts can be crushed by loss. But by the grace of God we can be healed and whole again. So as we wait expectantly for baby Jocelyn to arrive, I pray A LOT.  I give God my worries and anxiety. I pray God’s blessing on Aubrey, Wally and their baby. I pray that we might remain in God’s peace as we watch and wait for that day of her arrival.

Advent is a season of preparation and expectation. Many of you probably already have your homes prepared for the holy days ahead. On Sunday night December 1st, we prepare our sanctuary for the season during our annual Hanging of the Greens worship service. This service is filled with rich traditions and is a cherished event in the life of Covenant. I hope you will join us as we prepare our church home and hearts to enter into this holy season of expectation.

I expect that this Christmas will be an emotional one for me and my family. I also suspect that the arrival of my baby’s baby will bring a new and deeper level of appreciation for what God has done in Jesus Christ. The danger and messiness of birth, of putting on flesh and blood, is a strange thing for God to do. But as we watch and wait for baby Joss, I give thanks that God loves so extravagantly and intimately that He would go to such lengths to bring reconciliation to us. “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself ll things, whether on earth or things in heaven…” (Col 1: 19-20)

I pray that the coming weeks will be for you a rich time of spiritual preparation and revelation. Have a blessed Advent and Christmas.

Peace and Grace,

Pastor Valerie