Readings: Isaiah 11:1-5, Romans 15:4-13, Luke 1:26-38


A very sweet German couple donated to the church a beautiful wooden Advent calendar that features a nativity scene. Each year we unpack it, it needs little repairs. This desert heat isn’t good for antique glue. This year, some of the little animals jumped off in storage. A couple lambs and a camel broke loose and made a run for it. We found them and glued them back in place, so all is well in the nativity scene. All was far from well in the original nativity scene when Jesus was born, yet at the same time it was perfect. Our Savior came just as God planned. We can all have hope and joy, knowing that we are chosen and part of His plan, too. My prayer for you is from the Romans reading above, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” If you know someone who has broken loose and made a run for it like our little lambs, keep hope and faith in your heart that the Lord will find them and put them back in place. If we are tired or resentful or suffering, or happy and feeling all is well, we still have our part and purpose in His plan. The power of the mighty Holy Spirit resides in us and does the good work when we trust Him. Let’s see, hear and feel some overflowing hope, joy and peace at worship this month! May God grant it, Tracy