Advent is a season in which our minds are consumed with the act of giving. We work diligently to purchase the perfect gift for our loved ones. We look for creative ways of wrapping those just-right items, and we place them under the tree with a great sense of hope that the receiver will be delighted with our selection. Giving is a beautiful part of the Christmas tradition. We give because God, the greatest giver of all, sent Christ as our gift of salvation.
The act of receiving is also a significant part of this season. We are filled with gratitude when someone remembers us with tokens of love. We also must admit that there is a part of us that looks to see if our name is on that big box that sits under the Christmas tree. God wants us to open ourselves to receive the gift of Christ into our lives, and Advent is a season to prepare ourselves to be good receivers of God’s most wonderful gift.
The women of Highland Hills are invited to attend an Advent Retreat centered around the theme of “Giving and Receiving.” The retreat will take place on Sunday, November 17 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Great Room. This will be a time to reflect upon the spirituality of giving and receiving. The afternoon will include lunch and the opportunity to make a gift or two. The cost for the retreat is $5, and reservations are required. You can make your reservation by calling the church office or signing your name to one of the sign-up lists located around the church.