CELEBRATING GOD'S LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE
Advent is happening! The long awaited time, the preparation, the season of getting ready because God is about to break into our lives once again in a new way. It is a time where we begin to think about the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love in new and challenging ways. Everything that is warm about the season is met with an intention to dig deeper and learn more about how God is working in the world presently.
It is the paradox of Christian hope -- God is coming and God is already here.
I felt the season of Advent on Sunday was upon us. The greens decorated the sanctuary. The choir’s anthem proclaiming, Jenn’s piano playing inviting us into a peaceful space, and Tim’s organ being bold. Our music was making me feel all of the feels, and on Sunday I became ready for the season of Advent. The worship planning, the meetings, and the brainstorming, all melted away. I was once again reminded of the hope of the season. Our hope is a God who will bring goodness and peace into our lives, one song, meal, or smile at a time.
As Psalm 85:9-13 reflects upon what it means for when God’s hope becomes present:
“ 9 Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear God, that their glory may dwell in our land. 10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. 12 The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before them, and will make a path for their steps.”
The Glory of God dwelling among us and showing up. Our steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness, and peace…. And not in a passive fashion, but in a way that brings about new realities and new ways of being. God is walking alongside us. The Holy Spirit is empowering us to meet, spread, and be messengers of hope to counteract our fear.
Paz y Salud, Jessie