Celebrate! God is With Us
“Celebrate! God is with us.” Are you kidding? Have you read the headlines? Many people are increasingly anxious about the events that are engulfing our world. God, the same of God of Abraham and Sarah, promises that there will be day when the wolf shall live with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6) and when swords will be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks (Isaiah 2:4). There will be peace.
God’s love for us is steadfast. We are invited to approach the God, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth, with the same openness, awe, wonder, excitement and joy that we would approach a newborn child. God revealed God’s self to humanity in Jesus. In Jesus we see what it means to live in peace even in the midst of chaos.
As Christians we are able to hope for the promise of peace because we are walking with the Risen Christ. If you are interested in living as a person of hope in a community of hope then please join us this Advent and Christmas season. We invite you to join us as we continue to trust in God’s steadfast love and learn to hold our heads high as we walk in the faith and hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
Psalm 25 Luke 21.25-26
God’s love for us is steadfast. God’s love for us endures regardless of the raging cultural seas that may surround us. But do we place our trust in God’s steadfast love? Placing our trust in God’s love is the beginning of our faith. And, our faith and our hope in God’s promises grow when we are open to hearing God’s teachings.
Sunday marks the Christian New Year, the First Sunday of Advent. The Gospel of Luke points us to the day of Jesus’ return, a return Christians have anticipated for over two thousand years. We have no idea when Jesus will return. In fact, many of us may have forgotten about this part of the Gospel. In anticipation of this day, Jesus invites us to lift up our gaze and build our lives upon the foundation of God’s steadfast love. The seas may rage but with our heads raised up and standing in faith, we will find a peace that surpasses all understanding.
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