It was a week ago now that we were entering a beautiful fall day in Kansas, filled with sunny blue skies and temperatures in the 60’s. Twenty-four hours later, we would be busily preparing for a real-life-national-weather service-dubbed blizzard. Only in Kansas. Where there is no place like home.
The day of Blizzard 2018 for our family was divided into two parts. Before the storm hit was a busy season of preparation, as we worked outside to get everyone at our hobby farm, Luna Acres, all set up with cozy spaces to go to before the storm arrived. Earlier in the week, we had driven up to the family place of one of our church members to pick up hog houses her mom generously gave us, as we are getting our pasture pig venture off the ground. We got those in place and filled with hay, finished up some fencing projects we had been tackling that week, and hauled fire wood up to the house.
We also had to MacGyver protection of our winter hay as the wind was tearing down the tarps on our hoop house that have been needing replaced. It was a busy few hours of activity that morning, as we worked to get everything checked off the list. We were packing up our tools and supplies right around 10:30am, as the first droplets of ice started to fall from the sky.
We don’t want to miss it. We don’t want to let it get covered up with all the hustle and bustle, all the tinsel and lights, all the bows and wrapping paper – all the stuff that threatens to fill these days with so much distraction that we forget what the point of them was in the first place. So, we need to prepare. We need to prepare for the one who will stand at our door and knock – longing for us to let him in, for he knows that when we do, hope and peace and joy and love will come with him.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll post a daily devotional that I have adapted from a small book with a big message, written by Ben Johnson, a former Presbyterian Pastor and Seminary Professor. These devotions will carry us through the Season of Advent, into the twelve days of Christmas, all the way up to Epiphany day on January 6th. They will help you and I prepare – prepare to let the One who stands at the door and knocks into our lives, our hearts and minds and souls in these days.
I hope you will join us on the journey – both here online and in worship if you are local at Heritage Presbyterian Church (15550 S. Blackbob Rd. Olathe, KS 66062). We worship on Sundays at 10:30am with our traditional service and at 5pm with our alternative Harvest Table service.
“Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you and you with me.”