And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
~ Luke 2:10
I am reminded that Christ came, "Not into the world to condemn the world, but to save it." (John 3:17)
In our endeavors to journey through Advent, we are brought face to face with the world that we live in today. It seems that we know so much about suffering, and sometimes we wonder if the child that came to us all those years ago has withdrawn himself? I am reminded that we are to allow for hope to dwell in us. We have become that hope in a world that seems to struggle with the reminder that we are to affirm one another on this journey, and to be bearers of the message of "Joy and good tidings," even in the face of adversity, fear, pain, and brokenness. Today the message still rings true, Christ indeed has come!
God has not withdrawn! God sent Jesus to share in our human condition and Jesus sent us His Spirit to lead us into a hope-filled relationship!
It is in the midst of living in, but not of the world, where we can be vessels of that Spirit, to make Christ visible, not just during Advent, but with each new day! It is in these moments that we can then point to where Christ is! Christ lives in us!
"Behold, I bring you great tidings of joy!"
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.