One of the most compelling realizations we can ever have about God is that He has taken care of everything. Everything.
Peter wrote the following about this: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” Everything. All of it. Lacking nothing. A significant realization, yes, but not an easy one to experience. In fact, it’s one of the very hardest things we ever grapple with as followers of Jesus: that God’s love for us provides it all. And that we are unconditionally, eternally loved.
This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent. During the next four weeks we’re going to take an in-depth look at hope, joy, peace and love to prepare us for the celebration of Christmas. These are not routine days for us; this is a serious, expectant and celebratory season. Our gatherings will look and feel a bit different. For the rest of the calendar year, all of the kids except the nursery and toddlers will join us in the main worship gathering. We’ll sing special songs, decorate the building and in all things seek to give evidence of the hope that is represented in Christmas.
It’s painfully easy to become overwhelmed with the cultural demands of this time of year. May I humbly suggest that the very best way to find refuge against the over-tiring, stress-filled wave of the world is to make our celebrations as a Church the central anchor and highest priority of the season? That the ultimate place to find the hope, peace, joy and love that we all so desperately need is with our Church community, making space to sing and celebrate, reflect and meditate, give and receive all that our God has done, is doing and promises to do?
Won’t you give it a try with us?
Grace and peace y’all,
key text: John 17:1-26 (NET)