"Merry Christmas" - December 2018
The Seasons of Advent and
Christmas are seasons that point to the
future. The focus of Advent is the
coming of our Lord at Christmas, in His
second coming, and at the table each
week. Christmas itself reminds us of a
future that was provided for us by
Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
It is a time of expectation.
Children’s minds are filled with visions
of gifts they hope to receive. Many look
forward to time with family and friends.
Some are simply longing for the still
quiet peace that comes on Christmas
The ancients had hope for a
better future too, “a righteous branch
to spring up for David” (Sundays and
Seasons 2019). When we can interpret
the lives of our barbaric ancestors as
expressing hope it is particularly
noteworthy, since for them, the bad
was far worse than the good was good.
It is a time for expectation, for
hope, for prayer about the future.
What are your hopes and dreams for
this Christmas? What are your
expectations for your life, your family,
your nation, your world?
May your expectations be met, your
hopes realized, and your joy made
complete. “O little town of Bethlehem
how still we see thee lie. Above thy
deep and dreamless sleep the silent
stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets
shineth the everlasting light. The hopes
and fears of all the years are met in