Advent 2022: My Example
December 14, 2022 Creekwood United Methodist Church

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The Example Of Others

For those new to Creekwood, each Advent we invite a mixture of staff and laity of all ages to bless us with their devotional thoughts to a specific question. You’ll notice we are starting at “Day 2” because Day 1 was Sunday, and the message can be experienced in worship (in person and online). I hope these devotionals bless you each day, and help you envision the presence of Christ fully into your life.

The question this year:

“What do you think of when you hear the expression ‘Kingdom of God'”

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Having grown up with extremely deep roots in the church, I remember sitting on the piano bench with my grandmother, as she played the piano on Sunday mornings in her church.  Having been a career music teacher, at Alamo Heights Elementary, she touched so many lives and made her Christianity her calling card.  I always wished I could have been in her class, but I got great consolation being able to sit beside her at church.

Her spirituality was rich with purpose and everything she did, she did for Christ.  I loved her so much and I loved the way she loved everyone around her.  I always sought to bottle that feeling when I left that building, as it gave me such a happy and peaceful feeling.  That impact in my life was far reaching into everything that existed around me.  The love, the passion, and the joy that my grandmother brought into my life and the lives of others, was palpable and gave me a more purposeful understanding of life then, life in the future, and life everlasting.  The example that she and my parents set on earth, guided me through my life, as I arrived toward setting a similar example for my family.  The Kingdom of God in our daily living, can enrich our lives, guide our steps, and prepare us for the Kingdom of God in heaven, as we live our eternal lives.

Barrie Heres

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