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Advent Devotional - December 6

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1 Corinthians 4-5

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.


Recently I’ve been given the opportunity to observe others growing in their love of neighbor. They are truly making way for the Kingdom here on earth. One thing can certainly be said about this. It is so darn slow to develop. Our culture does not seem to reward slow growth. We are results oriented. We are a people of  “I want it and I want it now.” If I don’t have it, then let’s go get someone who has it who will share it, trade it, sell it or use it for my ends.
We also don’t seem to acknowledge the value of slow growth. Why are we in such a rush for things to change and so quick to stop looking for it when we don’t see it? Is it because I can point to others who are holding up the desired outcomes instead of focusing on my own contributions? Maybe its because I know I can keep moving towards what I want by looking in other places for folks who already think like I do?
Encouragingly, God in Jesus, makes our way clearer. He simply says, “Come, Follow Me”. I find I can be more patient with myself and others if I remove my focus from a desired goal and look for the small changes that God will combine with others to create His story among us.   


Loving Lord, lead us to your manger where we will find what we seek. Calm our anxiousness with your assurances of love. Guide our hearts and minds to follow your son, Jesus, the Light of the World. Amen.

About the author

Karen McCracken is a Foundation Trustee, member of the Prayer Cordon, Table Group facilitator, memorial usher and Elder. She has been a member since 1990.


act of kindness

Subtract one thing from your day today- and use the extra quiet time to pray for better relationships between races in our country, our city, and our neighborhoods.

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A Note from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

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This week I received an email from Bill McConnell, a staff member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, that seems best to be shared with everyone at PHPC:

I am writing on behalf of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to thank you and the folks of Preston Hollow for your incredibly generous gifts of support for PDA’s work with victims of this year’s devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, and fire. In addition, PDA is working with local Presbyterian leaders in Texas and in Las Vegas to address needs that have arisen from recent acts of public violence. As we speak, Disaster Response Teams are actively involved with multiple Presbyterian congregations, presbyteries, synods, partner agencies, and individuals. 

PDA leadership are in Puerto Rico now to meet with Presbyterian leaders of the island to assess the needs and begin the process of recovery. In all of these areas, emergency financial grants have ben been made to the presbyteries to address immediate needs. PDA is anticipating long-term presence in these areas. Your Presbyterian Disaster Assistance dollars will be at work in these areas long after television cameras, and even FEMA, have gone home.

To give you a short synopsis of work already being done, PDA Director and PDA Associate for National Disaster Response the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus and the Rev. Jim Kirk, have put together the attached video. 

PDA Update - November 2017 from Presbyterian Mission Agency on Vimeo.



Your PHPC pastoral staff continues to be in communication with PDA and is coordinating efforts for mission trip opportunities in the near future. We have extended an invitation to the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus and Rev. Jim Kirk to visit Grace Presbytery when their schedule allows. Thank you, PHPC, for your outpouring of love to our neighbors in Texas and beyond!


Grace and peace,


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