December 16, 2019
Well friends, I’m a day late but I trust you were able to communicate with God and observe some of the wonders of this season. We have snow where I live, about 4 inches on Sunday and another 4 on Monday. It will be nice if it stays for a white Christmas! I pray that no matter the weather or the day of the week it is, you feel the comfort of the Holy Spirit, the comfort of God and the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
This week my church is focused on “JOY”. We have already lit the candles of Peace and Hope. Today’s reading concentrates of HOPE! The hope of Emmanuel coming. Hope for those afflicted and suffering. Hope indeed changes everything! And, JOY comes in the morning,
“Shall not Lebanon in a very little while become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be regarded as a forest? On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the neediest people shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant shall be no more, and the scoffer shall cease to be; all those alert to do evil shall be cut off—those who cause a person to lose a lawsuit, who set a trap for the arbiter in the gate, and without grounds deny justice to the one in the right. Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: No longer shall Jacob be ashamed, no longer shall his face grow pale. For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. And those who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who grumble will accept instruction.”
Lord, you promised never to abandon your creation. While the darkness we experience may seem to be more than we can bear, your Light, wrapped in bands of cloth, tells us something different. Reveal your light to me. Reveal you light to all of creation, and in doing so, cast out the darkness where all hope seems to be lost. ~Amen.
God promised Israel a Savior, He delivered on that promise with Jesus born in Bethlehem. During this time of Advent we wait in anticipation of the birth of Jesus. Some of us might be in darkness or sadness this time of year, I say to you what the angels told the shepherds, “Fear not…” God’s promises are always kept and He loves you and will be with you through anything and everything, just ask Him!
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” ~Luke 2:10
The PEACE, HOPE and JOY of Emmanuel is coming!
I found this song, I think it’s beautiful…I hope you like it!