It seems fitting that it is also the final Sunday in Advent as we prepare for Christmas later this week. While the pressure is mounting to make sure our personal preparations are ready, we still pause today and enjoy the fourth and final Sunday in Advent! Like Mary we always have a choice. Our choices often boil down to yes or no: yes, I will live this life that is being held out to me or no, I will not; yes, I will explore this unexpected turn of events, or no, I will not. You can take part in a thrilling and dangerous scheme with no script and no guarantees. You can agree to smuggle God into the world inside your own body. As Advent comes to an end and Christmas approaches, we look at our lives and the life of our church and ask, what is God doing today, here in our midst, too wonderful for our imaginations or our words? What is the hope of our congregation on this last Sunday in Advent? What extraordinary and grace-filled things have happened in our lives, and what extraordinary and grace-filled things may yet happen? Are we willing to say "yes" to what God is doing? God’s blessings from Janet and me to you and yours this festive season!