2021 has been ripe with fear, tension and political upheaval. We’ve had to learn how to live a “new normal” in the midst of the global pandemic; church has become more complicated as we balance online and in the building worship, we’ve had to let go of or change many personal arrangements and some feel that long held personal dreams are slipping away.
The beginning of a new year is a time when we get to stop and reflect on the year that has been, and think about the direction we are headed in the future. It is a time of new goals and resolutions, of recommitment to faith, health and more; of fresh starts and do overs. For the Christian it is a time to set our hearts and our lives in the right direction and setting goals on redeeming our use of time (Eph 5:15-16). So we look to scripture to find habits to help us grow:
Grace & Peace
If you were God and you wanted to introduce yourself, how would you do it?
If you were God and you chose to be born into a human family, who would you choose to be your parents?
If you were God and you chose to be born a baby, where would you choose to be born?
If you were God and you wanted to save the world, what would your plan be?
Christmas is really a very unexpected story! It is the announcement of the Prince of Peace coming in the midst of a very violent world. The saviour of the world born as a fragile child. The King of Kings born in a stable, with an unwed teenage mother to care for him. It is the story of hope, joy, peace and love which comes in the most unexpected way, and is found in unexpected places. But is is also very much more than a story …
Christmas is a time where the unexpected happens. It’s where God turns hopelessness into hope. It’s where God turns despair into Joy. It’s where God defeats evil with good through the birth of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. It’s a day when divisions are dropped, wars are stopped and where all people sing praises to God in the words of Joy to the World and Silent Night.
From Jesus’ birth at Christmas, to his death on Good Friday and then to the glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday. God’s plan to save the world was totally unexpected. But that’s how God works....
Expect the unexpected this ChristMas!
Grace & Peace
Jen is an energetic and passionate disciple of Christ who loves to share Jesus with anyone who will listen!