For some of you, this is completely unremarkable. For some of you, it’s completely out of season. But we received 3 inches of snow at our house in South Central Texas Thursday night! It came as a surprise, not in our forecast at all! We know that such things are ephemeral here, so everyone let their kids stay up late to play in it, and the school district canceled school Friday. A surprise day off!
As a preacher is apt to do, I started thinking about the surprise. Advent is a season of surprises, yes? The Messiah doesn’t come as expected, will not come as expected, will be a surprise.
Is your sermon surprising? How is it coming? Narrative Lectionary preachers are getting surprised in the Valley of the Dry Bones. RCL preachers are with John the Baptist and Isaiah, leveling hills and surprising the powerful.
We’re tackling the homemade candy today, so I’ll have some to share soon. John has brought the locusts and wild honey. What do you have for the snack table?
And for pure procrastinatory pleasure: don’t forget to keep your BINGO card handy.
Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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