Romans 14.7-9 (CEB) We don't live for ourselves and we don't die for ourselves. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God. This is why Christ died and lived: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
With Christmas right around the corner, imagination always gets the better of me. As I reflect on all the Christmases past, I begin to create a rather idyllic scene complete with snow (a rarity around here), family, gifts, food, and Christmas Eve services with candlelight being passed from neighbor to neighbor, lighting up the entire room with soft light as we gently sing “Silent Night.” Coming together is hallmark of this season.
It is in these moments that I am reminded that being together with friends, family, and neighbor highlights how we belong to one another. This connected-ness reminds we are never alone. And even more, when we come together, we embody the Christ that brings light and love to the world and to our lives.
Sunday we look again to the prophets reminding us that God stands with us, leads us, hopes for us, and entrusts us with the will and desire to see the kingdom become a reality, even if it is in small sips in the this season of waiting and anticipating the birth of the Christ Child again into our hearts and lives!
Grace and peace,
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