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November 27, 2013

When they heard the King, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was,.   When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.      Matthew 2:9-10 NRSV

Dear St. Paul’s Friends

A few nights ago I found myself outside quite late with my dogs. I stood there bundled up, shivering and wishing that they would hurry up so I could go back inside and warm myself by the fire. As I turned to start making my way back up the lane way I looked up and stopped. There above my head the Milky Way was stretched across the inky black sky. I found that I could not look away. There was the Big Dipper now standing on its handle in the Northern sky. There in the Eastern sky were the three stars that make up the Belt of Orion.  As I stood in the chilly night air I took a deep breath and that was when my eyes alighted on a very bright twinkling star. In the dark with my face turned toward the stars I thought of the story of the Wise Men, traveling from the East and following the star in the night sky. The story doesn’t say much about them but they would have been the astronomers, the scientists, the mathematicians of the first century C.E. They would have been learned men with their own set of beliefs, but still they saw something in the sky that compelled them to make a dangerous and costly journey to find what the blazing star pointed toward. What a story of adventure. For us the journey of Advent also can become one of Advent-ure. We can seek that which is guiding us in our lives and either choose to continue following it or seek something that is more fulfilling, more lasting and more restful for the soul. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.” I have always loved that quote because it reminds us that we are more than blood and bone, we are spirit and if spirit, we are connected in more ways than physical objects could ever be. So with that in mind, may you seek Advent-ure this season. Be Advent-urous in your seeking and never forget that God is with you on this Holy Advent-ure.

May God Bless you and keep you this Holy Season,


Rev. Carla Van Delen

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