Old Brick Reformed Church, Organized 1699

490 Route 520 • P.O. Box 153 • Marlboro, NJ 07746

Office Phone: (732) 946-8860 • Office Fax: (732) 946-9254

Secretary's Email: secretary@oldbrickchurch.orgInfo

Sunday Worship: 9:30AM

Message from the Pastor's Desk

Read Luke 2: 1-20, (in particular vs. 19).

As I write this, it's mid-October, and I know the holidays, in particular Christmas is still two and one half months away, but my thoughts are turning towards the holidays and the end of another year. It's hard to believe the holidays are approaching and we're already in the last quarter of 2017. Where, oh where, does the time go? The swift passing of time causes me to slow down and catch my breath and to pause and reflect on things that really matter most in my life, my faith, family, the church and the blessing each new day of life offers. I find I have so very much to be thankful for; my heart is lifted and filled with gratitude to God.

And as my thoughts turn towards Christmas, the celebration of our Savior's birth, I find myself, as with the shepherds and Magi, bowing my knees in adoration to our Lord and King. I am awestruck in Christ's presence. I marvel at the precious gift of Christ whom God has given. I am captured by the wonder of God's love revealed in Christ.

There's a lot to be said for slowing down, pausing to think, ponder and remember. That's exactly what Mary did as Luke states in vs. 19 of Luke chapter 2 following the shepherds visit to the manger. Mary "treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart". And why wouldn't she. She certainly had a lot to ponder, don't you think? And, the truth is, so do we.

A famous photograph taken by Yousuf Karsh shows the renowned Spanish cellist, Pablo Casals, with his back to the camera. Karsh recalls that he was so moved as he listened from a distance to Casals playing Bach that he could not for time attend to photography. It seemed just right to pose Casals facing away from the camera.

Years later, when Karsh’s photograph of Casals was on exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, an elderly gentleman would come and stand quietly for minutes in front of it. Curious about this ritual, a curator finally asked, "Sir, why do you come here and stand in front of this picture?" The curator was met with a withering glance and the rebuke, "Hush, young man, can't you see? I'm listening to the music."

We're rapidly approaching two very wonderful holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before these wonderful seasons come and go before we know it, let's slow ourselves down, let's pause to reflect and remember; to listen for the music of Thanksgiving and Christmas that our thoughts will center and focus on the Lord.

Listen for the music God plays in your life; there's no sweeter music to hear.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor George Kaden

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