Dear PVC Family,

Season’s Greetings from our family to yours!

We all know how the song goes—”It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the hap-happiest season of all.” But this year feels sadly different, doesn’t it? We’re all wondering if the “freeze” that gave us a “socially distanced” Thanksgiving will extend into the New Year. Are we actually going to have a December where “It’s always winter, but never Christmas?”

This is where adapting and embracing the name “Advent” for the season really makes a difference. “Advent” is a call to us to be actively engaged in waiting for His Coming. You’ll remember that there were 450 years between the close of the Old Testament and the Birth of Christ. That’s a long time to wait for God to keep His promise. Amen? The plaintive words of a Christmas carol from the 9th century capture the longing in the hearts of God’s people—”O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.”

Our waiting and longing for this pandemic to end is giving us just a taste, a sample, of what it feels like to look and long for deliverance. “How long, O Lord?”

Thanks be to God, He is as good as His word! For in Bethlehem, a Baby was born and they called His name Jesus for He would “save His people from their sin.”

And now we look and long for His 2nd Coming! Our world is broken, yes. But we are not dooms-dayers, no! We are the people of hope! “Advent” for Adventists, indeed! And for the whole world!

“Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

Happy Advent! Merry Christmas!

Pastor George & Leanne