November 16, 2021
Chosen of God,
We are now entering a wondrous time in the life of the Church. Thanksgiving is just a few days away and Advent begins on November 28th. I love this time of the year as there will be lights shining everywhere. They remind me of Jesus being the Light of the world and that the Light cannot be quenched by the darkness. John 1:5 & 9, in the NRSV, says,
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it…
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.”
This morning, we had our first session of the Advent study, The Journey, by Adam Hamilton. In chapter one, we looked at Mary’s role in God’s plan to bring the Messiah to earth. We can only barely touch the surface of her experience and emotions as God chose and called her to be the mother of the Messiah of the world. What an amazing story!
You are also chosen and called by God. You are chosen to be part of the Light that shines through the darkness of this world. Your smile, your kind words, your helping hands, are all part of what splits through that darkness. Your love, your patience, your compassion, are the Christ Light in the lives of others.
In the weeks ahead, we will be sharing a series with you called, Come Home for Christmas, put out by Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. For each person, the idea of coming home, has a different meaning. For some it is a joyous thought, and we cannot wait to get back home. For others, it is a time of pain and struggle as we remember loved ones that have passed or of a home where love was in short abundance.
As believers in Christ, we also have a home which is “not built with human hands” (1 Corinthians 5:1). A home that has been built by God through the work accomplished in and through Jesus. Advent is about remembering that we are not alone, that Emmanuel has come – God with us. We have a place that is all light, where there is no darkness, and it is “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
May God bless you this holiday season and flood your life with LIGHT! Yeah & Amen!