Hopeful Expectation

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. – John 1:6-9

Advent is the first season of the church year.  Advent means new beginnings for us.  It is also a season preparation and hope.  And oh how we need hope right now.  Oh how we long for hope these days.  Hope!  Yes – HOPE!

For Christians our hope centers on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As Christians we wait in hopeful expectation for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Our hope – no matter the season – rests firmly in Jesus!  Jesus is God’s grace, love, and mercy made flesh! 

And so – our hearts long for the arrival of Jesus.  We yearn for our Savior – because we know just how much we need Jesus.  We desperately need our Savior.  We see the brokenness all around us.  We see the brokenness in our own lives.  We see our own brokenness.  We trip and stumble over our brokenness and sinfulness every single day.  When we are honest with ourselves – we know we are a sinful broken mess (even on our best days), and there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. 

We need outside help.  We need a lifeline.  We need a Savior.  We need Jesus.  We need hope.

We wait.  Because Jesus is coming!  We prepare.  Because our Lord and Savior is arriving soon!  The advent of our Lord is imminent!  Hope made flesh is on the way!   Hope is coming.

And we should also remember – we are not alone.  We are never alone.  Never!  God has promised us this.  Even now – in these long – dark nights of late fall and early winter – God is with us.  No matter how dark things get in this world – God is with us.  God is always faithful.

God is with us.  God is here.  God is all around us.  Our God is our constant companion.

I have been watching and hoping and waiting expectantly this week.  And I have seen beautiful reminders of God’s presence in our world.  I have been reminded of God’s presence in my life. 

How about you?  Where are you seeing God’s presence in your life these days?  How are you being reminded that God is with you always?  How are you seeking God’s presence?

I encourage you to take some time during these busy days to seek God’s presence.  I encourage you to remind yourself that you are never alone.  God is with us.  God is with you.  You are loved.  You are so loved that God sent his beloved son Jesus Christ into the world to save you from yourself and to give you the blessing eternal life!

You are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

In Christ and with Love –

Pastor Kerri

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