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Merry Christmas, United! We had fun last week at the Readiness Retreat, discussing what it means to build man and advance the kingdom and talking about tools and strategies for our work as a team at United. We are becoming more and more ready to serve God in 2015.

 I can imagine how over 2,000 years ago Joseph and Mary were preparing to serve God in the role of Jesus’ parents. It was tough for Joseph to accept the assignment to be a father to Jesus – to love, nurture, protect and provide for a child who was not his own flesh and blood. And it was difficult for Mary to embrace being chosen to be a miraculous virgin mother and to face the risk of being shunned by her husband and most of society for her pregnancy outside of marriage.

The good news is that even Mary and Joseph, two very important characters in our Christian story, had to be prepared by God for service. That means it’s ok for us to enter 2015 not having every answer or foreseeing exactly how God will work in us and through us. It’s acceptable for us to do as Mary and Joseph did – listen to a word of preparation from God’s messenger and then walk forward doing what God asks of us, trusting Him to guide and provide along the journey. Be sure this Christmas to get some rest and listen to God’s message for you as we prepare for the 2015 leg of our journey together!


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