partridge in a prayer tree
We did something new at my church for Advent this year. For years we have sponsored an Angel Tree which provides our members with an opportunity to purchase gifts for children who desperately need to know they are not forgotten at Christmas time. We continue in this tradition, but this year we also wanted to provide a way for our members to pray for one another as we journey together towards Christmas Day. So, on Thanksgiving Sunday (one week before the 1st Sunday of Advent) we provided decorations upon which our congregation could write out a "seasonal prayer request." At our Hanging of the Greens party these requests were hung upon a Christmas Tree and on the first Sunday of Advent members were encouraged to take a prayer request and make this request a part of their daily prayer time as we continued through the Advent season. In the midst of these decorations someone placed a "partridge," on the tree so we began to refer to this Advent experience as our Partridge In A Prayer Tree, prayer opportunity. So far, the entire experience has been extremely well received...
let your light shine
For years it has been our family tradition to "turn on" the Christmas house lights during the evening of Thanksgiving day. The "flipping of the switch" honor usually goes to our two grandsons who take delight in having the power to "make the lights shine."
At last, though worn out, I was ready for the grandchildren to come and for the official "turning on the lights" to commence. But then something awful happened!....
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.