Christmas Message From Rev. Mark

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On behalf of myself and the entire congregation of Larison’s Corner Presbyterian Church, I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Particularly this time of year with hope of the new year to come, I am reminded of 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  With one eye on the New Year, I was thinking of a small change I made which might be beneficial to all of you as you go about your daily routines.

Driving to my “other job” at about six thirty every morning, I continually marvel at the number of people I see with a cell phone stuck to their ear.  Granted, some folks need to be talking at that hour of the morning, but not all of them.  I’m sorely tempted to roll down my window and ask to whom they’re so feverishly talking.  Virtually every waking hour is seemingly filled with prattle, some good, some not so.  We talk a lot and sometimes we’re not the better for it, to which the amount of idle gossip will sure attest

I suspect like most, I wish I could say that I spend as much time talking to God as I do talking on the phone.  Usually, that’s not the case.  In my attempt to reach out to God a bit more every day, I’ve started what I call a “rolling prayer” during my day.  After all, the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 reads: Pray without ceasing. This consists of short, one or two line prayers that are uttered during the day as the need arises.  At night, I spend a moment thinking back on those lines I sent to God, taking stock of the day and re-emphasizing those things that need attention.  It’s not perfect, but it does keep me mindful of whom I really should be talking to during my day.

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We all talk all day long and that’s generally for the good.  Let’s all enhance our conversations by spending a few moments talking with God.  It will bring to mind “from whence our help comes” Psalm 121:2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth, and strengthen us with the joy of His love.

Merry Christmas,

Rev. Mark

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