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THE GRAPEVINE

 

December, 2018

Rev’s Reflections

   “Winter is coming” is the slogan of a popular HBO show Game of Thrones. No matter what happens season after season, the people of Game of Thrones are always worried about the “great winter”. The great winter is a time in which the dead will take over the realm and destroy it. No matter what is going on with wars and the battle of power within the families, they are always worried about the winter.

   In December the church gets its own version of the slogan, “Christ is coming”. No matter what is going on in our everyday life we are to think about the coming of Christ. Many Christians think Advent is all about focusing on Christ’s coming to the world as a baby, but Advent is also about focusing on the return or second coming of Christ.

   Advent is the four Sundays before Christmas day; they represent a time to reflect on the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love Christ brings to our lives. I wonder how many times we don’t think about all the forms of blessings we get from God. It is amazing to me that we have a God who wanted to be with us so much he came down to be a part of the world. He felt the same emotion: happiness, pain, suffering, temptation, relationship, joy and anger we all have felt. God came down and showed us how life should be lived, first hand, not from a decree or from a messenger, but from God himself. It seems to be crazy to think we have a God who wanted to have a relationship with us, understood that we didn’t have the power to fix the problems we created, and came down to sacrifice himself for us. We have a loving God, a powerful God.

   This Advent I challenge you to write down all your blessings, write down where they are in your life, who provides them, and how they make you feel. After you have written them all down I want you to praise God and ready yourself for His coming. We are so blessed that we don’t have to worry about the day that he comes, but we can rejoice and be eager that it comes sooner than later. We have a God who has destroyed the enemy, a God who has come to be with us, but most importantly a God who has gone and will come again.

   God loved you before you were created; God loved you while He was here; God loved you while he was on the cross; God loved you as he resurrected from the dead; God loved you while you are on this journey of life; and God will continue to love you when your journey is done. So as we eagerly wait to love him back, as we praise and yell on high his coming, as we ready ourselves for his return, we together need to remember we are the embodiment of Christ today.

   Go and be the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of Christ0 to the many people who must worry about tomorrow. Go and be that piece of Advent to the hearts that don’t know and the hearts who are not waiting in anticipation for the coming of Christ. Go and be the kingdom of people saying, “Christ is coming”.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Cody

 

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