This has been the theme of our Advent sermon series this year. We’re looking at Advent as a journey. The journey has many twists and turns but the destination is the manger in Bethlehem. It isn’t a final destination, but it gives us a chance to reflect upon the idea that God loves us enough to have become one of us… sharing our flesh and blood… sharing our pain and our sorrow… and sharing our joys so that our relationship can be strengthened.
We live in a culture that is based upon the question “what’s in it for me?”, but God, in Christ, is calling us to ask the question “how can I help someone else find healing and wholeness?”
We still have a ways to go before we reach the destination. Yet God is calling all of us to submit to being in service to one another. God is calling us to walk beside one another to lift each other up and to bear each other’s burdens because we are not meant to go through this life alone.
The message of Advent is simple. God loves us enough to become one of us so that we might understand that we are all in this life together and that God’s plan is for us to work together so that we may be together in eternity.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17, NRSV).
May the remaining time in this Advent season be a time for you to search your soul and seek to be one with the creator. May God’s blessing be yours.
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