Archive for November 27th, 2016

Sometimes I am rendered speechless, breathless …


After a day that was dark and dreary, I awoke to fog illuminated by the sun behind. Soon to follow were skies of cyan blue. This little corner of the world shone as if the heavens, themselves, were smiling down.

Today is about beauty,

about light,

about hope.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the season of the coming of the Christ, the Saviour. As the first Sunday of Advent, it is the day of HOPE.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:5

The coming of the Christ, for the Jews, meant the hope of the fulfillment of the prophets foretelling of the freedom for their people. The second coming of Christ, for all, means an end to death and dying, with the return of Christ comes the rising of the dead.

My son started a job this weekend, at a Christmas tree farm. He awoke to torrential rains which continued all day long. Thankfully, he (and I) had ensured that he had rain gear at the ready, and so he was prepared.

Titus 2:11-15 tells us that we should be preparing for this second coming of Christ:

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”

As we walk these days, through the Advent season, may our first steps be secure in the hope that shines in this dark world … rendering us speechless, breathless …


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