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What does Christmas mean to you?

You may recall how my families really have amazing and unique insights on the Bible. When we first started our bible study, they asked me what Mary did with the gifts that Jesus received from the Magi, and I believe it was Pastor Craig who left a comment that the more important question was, what are you doing with yours? What do you do with the gifts that you bring for baby Jesus?

I'm co-leading my Women of the Word Bible Study currently, and we're doing the Advent study that is published by the General Board of Church and Society. One of the things that I have been feeling more and more strongly about is being a resource for groups that are starting to acknowledge the need to go above and beyond sitting in a pew on Sunday morning. I've also been asked to teach a class on the Social Principles of the UMC in the spring, which I will likely end up doing. (Getting excited about telling someone what the Book of Resolutions was yesterday really shows how big of a UM nerd I really am)

So what are your gifts? What do you bring to Jesus this season, and what do you continue to bring each and every season? Do you forget the reasons behind all of the Christmas madness until you set foot in church on Dec. 24th? Or are you living each day like Jesus is born? These are all questions I'm asking myself these days.

Blog posts on their way... a book review and some thoughts on Advent lectionary use.
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