Grace Notes in the Desert

Grace Notes in the Desert is written for the saints of Rio Grande Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community.

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Grace Notes acknowledges we need God's grace and forgivness as much as the desert water.



"Prepare the way of the Lord….
Whoever has two coats let him share with anyone who has none

--The voice of one crying in the wilderness (Luke 3: 4, 11)

"Each year, God asks us to shed one more coat of awareness, one more dream state and come alive to the vision of God’s plan for each of us and the world-at-large.

The older we get, the harder this is to do. As children we had a sense of wonder. Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the fascinating gifts we beheld…Our thirsty souls could not have enough of the wonders of creation.

Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream. We tired of the abundance of the world, or at least grew weary of keeping up with the feast of life, and stepped away from the banquet of life.

The natural gift of wonder God gave us as children was meant to be kept alive.…Instead we let wonder go to sleep…

Why else does Jesus tell us, ‘Stay awake!’…Advent says, ‘Wake up and realize the gifts of love you have received (and share them).’…Psychology says, ‘Let go.’ Spirituality says, ‘Wake up.’

In both cases there is a withdrawal from the busyness of daily life and a waking up to the subconscious and spiritual depths of ourselves."*

Wishing You a Wonder-Filled Advent and Christmas,
A Pastor in the Desert

*Gift of Wonder, Rev. Alfred McBride, O. Praem