Pilot Knob Lutheran Now We Wait! 12/28/2022
Christmas is over for another year, the gifts are still new, some toys broken and thoughts drifting toward a new year. How easy it is to move from two months of preparing for Christmas to leaving it behind and moving on. Was His birth a flash in the pan and now it is business as usual?
The shepherds who were the first to hear of his birth received the announcement with great excitement and anticipation. Imagining the heavenly host appearing at night, going to the manger in a cave and seeing firsthand the baby they announced as the savior of the world. What was it like three days later? No angels, no star, no people coming to see this baby. They returned to shepherding the sheep for temple sacrifice, long nights looking out for predators and thieves, keeping in check wondering sheep; the same old same old.
Did anything dramatically change? No. God made this grand announcement broke into human history as a human and for the next thirty years nothing dramatic took place. Did God give up, forget, or change his mind? No, he was preparing the stage for act two, his public ministry and sacrifice. Everything was on schedule.
When God announces he is going to do something it’s not always immediate, he is not bound by our timeline and expectations. His view of time: 1000 years is like a day and a day is like 1000 years. We are called to be patient and full of hope as we should know, God is faithful and will never abandon his promises or us.
As we look forward to a new year may we be reminded of his faithfulness to his promises, they include his grace, strength and his promise to be with us, as we await his return.
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way:
January 1, 9:00 AM Morning worship. Happy New Year!
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