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Journey Notes for November

 

Forr unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, Authority rests on his shoulders;
and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers on the Journey,

Our season of Advent reminds us that there is always something worth waiting for. The people of Israel waited for centuries for the promised Messiah—the child that would be born. We see Isaiah’s prophecy fulfilled in the birth of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, but aren’t we still waiting for something? We count down the days to December 25, and we wait in anticipation of celebrating again this holy birth with our family, friends and church family. But what are we really waiting for? What do we yearn for? What is it that we hope will happen? Every Advent as we count down to Christmas, we are reminded that we are also waiting for Christ’s return. Maybe in the meantime you are waiting for peace, healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, or security. What are you waiting for?

This year especially, I’m waiting for the Good News to take hold in our lives and in our nation. I’m waiting for people to believe, trust and live into the truth that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him (John 3:16-17). I’m waiting for the world to receive this gift and to appreciate how much we are loved by God. I’m waiting for us to live without judgement and condemnation, knowing that God loves each and every one of us just the way we are. I’m waiting for unity, and I’m waiting for justice. I’m waiting for the end of senseless violence and looking for the day when we acknowledge that all lives matter, and there will again be respect for the sanctity of all human life. I guess there is much that I’m waiting for, and I always wonder how long will I have to wait, how long will we have to wait, how long can the world keep waiting?

For generations, the children of Israel waited hopefully for the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace to arrive. I guess the best we can do is wait in hope, trusting in the promises, looking to the promised future and praying that we might have the strength and perseverance to wait together. As Advent people, may we never stop waiting, yearning and praying for God’s reign to become a reality. 


Blessed Advent and Christmas,
Pastor Arlene

 

 “Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.” Charles Wesley, 1744