1st Week of Advent: December 2nd

I believe that in this country we love our guns more than our children. We believe in our right to do what we privately want over the welfare of our community. I believe we are not a Christian nation and our religious teachings of peace and love for others has been muted. We are an immature society that has lost its soul.
I know that there is good in every person that needs to be promoted. I know that every child is a child of God with special gifts to share in their community, that need to be discovered. I know that we are all capable of doing evil and great good. I know that we are capable of solving every problem when we work together for good.
I am so very sorry for all of the children in the schools that have experienced violence in 2018.
  How can children learn when they feel fear in their own classrooms? How can a teacher feel safe when her school can be invaded by a madman with a high-powered gun that has no purpose but murder of another human being? How can a mother or father leave their children in the morning at their school and not know if they will see them at the end of the day?
Allowing this to happen is proof that we have lost our way. The fear that permeates our country is destructive now and for our future. Our leadership in government has betrayed us all. We as Christians need to follow the teachings of Christ. It is not an easy path to follow. Together though the path is not lonely.
As we celebrate this season of Advent, let us take seriously our role we must take in bringing peace to our community. Let us join forces with others to protect and love our children and those vulnerable to teachings of hate. We come together in the Advent season to prepare ourselves for recognizing the amazing gift given to us over 2000 years ago in the birth of a baby, sent from God to share life as we know it, to walk the walk.

There is no better place to do it than in our church at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church that provides us with a world view and perspective. We reach out and welcome those from every corner of the world. We respect the faith of all persons and the journey they are traveling. We invite them to join us as we experience love for each other and those in the world community.

-Jeannine Michel

For contemplation:

  • What role do you have in making our schools safer?


  • Can you name a child with whom you have a relationship of trust?




Jeremiah 33:14-16                  The Righteous Branch and the Covenant with David

14 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”


  1. In Jeremiah’s vision, God promises a new kindom and the need for all to be safe from violence. Where do people in our world today live in unsafe environments?


  1. Jesus says over and over “fear not.” How do we overcome our fears? What role does childlike faith play?




  1. How can we show God’s love to the victims of violence and to those who commit violent acts?





Branch of David, open my eyes and heart to see your salvation at work in me, through me, and in spite of me. Fill me with your love which pushes fear out of the way. Amen.