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Letter From Ben Light - December 3, 2021

Letter From Ben Light

December 3, 2021

Pastor's Corner - December 3rd, 2021

December is well known around the world for its colder temperatures and shorter days.

Wrapped into the celebration of Christmas, it is these shorter days and colder temperatures that led ancient civilizations to worship the sun as a god, believing that it's death and renewal was coming as the solstice approached and the days grow darker and colder.

For many of you with woodstoves, it is this time of year when the wood begins to be burned in greater quantities, providing a warm and beckoning heat that is challenging to beat. 

In our house, this week, we've been finding ourselves feeding the fire a little more regularly. Putting a bit more wood onto it and taking the chill off in the mornings. Because I'm a bit of a pyro, (read: a dutiful husband), I enjoy starting the woodstove up, and feeding it when I have the chance to do so. Sitting and sipping coffee while the heat warms you to your core.

As the logs die down, the coals flicker and burn, the light dancing across the glass of the stove, winking in and out a beautiful orange and yellow glow. 

As the logs begin to break down, and the coals are dissipated a bit - the light and heat begins to wane. Stirring up those coals, taking the pieces of wood and bringing them back together in the center of the fire leads to a lasting heat which continues to burn for some time, and has the ability to reignite the fire and the surrounding coals. 

Romans 12:4-6 talks of the importance of our Christian fellowship and togetherness. How each part of the body needs the other parts, and implies how without the totality - it is incomplete.

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (NKJV)

Unfortunately, the situation we have experienced for the past couple of months has resulted in the coals of our fire being spread out significantly, which leads to a great deal of challenge. I'm looking forward to us being able to gather the coals together, and feed off one anothers heat and spark, strengthening ourselves, and casting a beckoning heat and light to one another. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Sabbath.

Lots of Love,
Ben