We are inundated with choices. What do I wear? What do I eat? What should I watch? Pepsi or Coke? Team Edward or Team Jacob? Our world is presenting us with a myriad of choices in rapid succession. The pace of life often drives us into a frenzy. During this season of Advent, we slow down to gain perspective. We eagerly wait for Jesus to return. While we wait, we take inventory of the wonders of God, prompting us to choose hope, peace, joy and love.
In the end, the story of Christmas is that God chose us. Whatever may have gone wrong in your life in the past, or whatever may happen in the future, you can hold your head high because God has chosen you.
Tonight we share in a simple response of worship to God , the Father, for sending us his Son to bless us, heal us, forgive us and save us. We pray that the story of Christ?s birth and the exciting anticipation of his return will move you closer to a relationship with God. May your heart be fine-tuned by the Spirit of God. May your mind be put at ease as the fast-pace of the Christmas season slows down. May your eyes see afresh, the good news of Jesus Christ.
When we experience breakthroughs in our lives, we celebrate and we rejoice. This doesn't mean that we won't experience disappointment, sadness or heartache. But given the overwhelming activity of God, there is much to be joyful about. And even if there is a current circumstance that causes worry or distress, let's always consider our joy in the Lord.
There are so many areas in our lives that pit us against one another. We just completed rivalry week in College football. We just completed a contentious election cycle that has highlighted the differences we embody in our society and the world. We are Team Coca-Cola or we are Team Pepsi. Team Edward or Team Jacob. In this season of Advent, we turn our attention to the return of Christ. But while we wait for the return of Jesus, we embrace God?s call to be peacemakers. Yet to embrace a call of peacemaking, we need to receive God?s gift of peace.
We as the people of God live in the age of the peace of God. We know that chaos is the operating narrative of the media and politicians. If we let the world write the narrative, it would seem that peace is unattainable. But we worship a God who sees peace as an overriding narrative of his followers.
Advent is a time that we are reminded that as the people of God we are not exempt from heartache, tragedy, the effects of war, the impact of sickness and disease, or the angst of living in a broken society. But as the people of God, when those who do not know God cast a vision of doom and gloom, we are a people who choose hope!