Pastor Meg Jackson Clark
A Message From Meg:
"Are you ready for Christmas?”
People are likely to start asking any time after Thanksgiving.
My usual reply: “Is it Christmas yet?”
What does it mean to be ready for Christmas anyway?
Usually we mean something like “Do you have your tree up and decorated?
Are there lights on the house? Are the presents all bought and wrapped? Are the Christmas cards sent?”
But I wonder if being ready for Christmas is about something else entirely.
As a college student, I always lamented the fact that exams usually began
at the same time as the season of Advent.
I was too busy studying to prepare for Christmas.
It was the custom in the town where my college was located for each home to have a single lit candle
in every window.
I would walk the streets in between study sessions, and look longingly at those lit candles.
“When will it be time for some Christmas light to enter my life?” I wondered.
One of the prayers for this season’s celebration of communion praises God
for “satisfying the longings of your people for a Savior.”
So perhaps in recognizing my longing for Christmas light, I was actually getting ready for Christmas.
I could not make the light come; I had to wait for it to come to me.
I would arrive home a week or two before Christmas, exhausted from too many all-nighters.
Often, I ended up succumbing to illness, or at least a sore throat and cold.
Of course, I hated not feeling well for Christmas, but it did put me in touch with my need for Savior.
If you are feeling the need for a Savior this season,
if you are longing for the light you see in other people’s homes or lives,
I invite you to come to our house of worship as we light just one candle each week,
feeling our longing for God’s saving love, waiting for the light to come, getting ready for Christmas.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness - on them light has shined.”
Meg Jackson Clark is our Pastor. She came to the Greensboro congregation in September, 2018. Most recently, Meg served as Pastor of Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, GA, while also working in the Coweta County Public Library System. Prior to her time there, she was Associate Pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church for 13 years. Meg began her ministry in Atlanta as Chaplain at Piedmont Hospital.
Meg received her education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Meg is married to Steven Brown, her partner in life and ministry. Together they have three adult children - Andy Clark, a senior at UGA, Zack Brown and Stephanie Brown, both of South Carolina. They also have a granddaughter, Rowan Brown.
Meg and Steve have a life-long love of various types of music, and enjoy attending concerts, and adding their voices to the choir. Meg hopes to tune up her violin soon after years of neglect. They look forward to becoming involved in the Greensboro community and availing themselves of recreational opportunities here.