Lift up your heads and be lifted up that the King of Glory may come in! – Psalm 24:7
One year, I was asked to create a manger for the parish’s nativity scene. What to do? The gift of craftiness is not mine, so I felt stuck, even though I had been praying mightily for a “sign.” Time was ticking, when one day I looked outside my townhouse window and saw movers loading up cardboard boxes after unloading for a new neighbor. Aha, thought I. We can paint a moving box brown, throw in some grass and call it a day (or a manger). I wasn’t able to catch the movers, so I drove to their office location the next day and described my plight. They listened attentively and said, “We can help you out. Come back tomorrow.” When I returned the next day, I was flabbergasted. There before me was a magnificent wooden mini-barn, complete with manger for baby Jesus. The movers had fashioned and painted a marvelous creation to last for many Advents. What a blessing! I strive daily towards a pure heart, and I know that when I trust in God, and try to be the servant He wants me to be, I DO receive blessings from Him. Lift up your heads, dear people; the King of Glory is at hand. Lift up your heads and your hearts; the King of Glory is at hand and will come in.
Stephanie has been at St. Stephen's for five years and currently serves on the Vestry and as Vestry Liaison to the School Board. She enjoys Foyers and Downtown Choir and serves as a delegate to Diocesan Council. She considers the communicants of St. Stephen's to be her family and couldn't be more honored to serve God and His people through the ministries of St. Stephen's.