Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and Christie Trout Stephens
Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory. And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world —from the farthest ends of the earth and Heaven.” -
This past week, Jessie and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby. It is one of our FAVORITE stores to go to. We try to never take the guys, Jake and Greg, because they don’t enjoy the hours of just browsing that Jessie and I do. We love to look at the flowers, the material, the art supplies, the crafts galore, etc. The home décor section is a favorite too. We can just spend hours searching through all the isles in the store with marvel and speculation of what we could do with each item. Jessie has an interest in sewing now along with other crafts. I like to paint, decorate, and just have a wish list. Reality is, I am usually buying stuff for school or church – not for myself or Jessie when we go.
This week was no different. We had gone into the store in search of something for school. When we walked into the front door, we immediately looked to the right. The seasonal items had changed from summer to fall and winter. Orange and gold were the colors of the first few isles. We then looked around and twinkling lights caught our eye. Yep – It was the Christmas stuff! Jessie said, “OOOhhh Momma!” Well, we HAD to go over there even though there was absolutely nothing we needed from that section. As we walked over, we began to feel excited. We looked at the pretty trees, found ornaments we thought were so pretty, and found every ribbon and bow under the sun. We turned down each row with anticipation of the beautiful objects that were revealing themselves to us with every continued step! We had an ooh or aah with every new thing we saw. We were having a blast just looking around. Then I looked down at my watch. We had to stop our browsing to return to reality. We had to get our items and go home. Our mood changed from excitement and anticipation to dread and a bit of sadness. We purchased the things we needed and headed home.
I find it interesting that when we see the seasons we love; so many people – including myself – get so excited! Thanksgiving is my favorite while Christmas is a close second. I just love those times of year. Jessie LOVES Christmas as most children do. These are special times we wait for with anticipation. We hold them in a special place in our hearts and minds. It takes preparation and planning for these seasonal events. We carefully think, act, and revisit every detail to make sure our holidays are without any problems. When they arrive, we are excited and are joyous!
We have another event we should be planning for. We should have a joyous feeling of anticipation and a special place in our heart for the biggest event – the second coming of Christ! It takes planning to be ready. We must look at each detail in our life to make sure we are ready for him. Have we given others the gift of the “good news”? Have we shared the story of our walk with Christ? Have we loved our neighbor as ourselves? Have we asked Jesus into our hearts? Have we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior? Have we confessed that we are imperfect sinners living in a sinful world? Jesus is here with us in spirit. He will return again in person. Are you preparing for Him today?
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First Untied Methodist Church has much to offer. Youth, 6th grade – 12th grades, meet on Wednesdays and Sundays. YUMYS, (PK4-5th grades) meet Sunday afternoons. Sunday school for all ages and groups begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Worship begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
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