Read Hebrews 10:32-39.
Often, when our eyes are opened to God’s love encompassing ALL — not regardless of but inclusive of — all of who we are, all of who anyone else is, our lives are changed. God invites us to the truth that following Jesus Christ shows us the way to a faith that brings life, and a different way of dealing with life whether things are going well or not. The amazing news is that the new life we receive also ripples out through us to our friends, communities, and world, as we live out our faith in Christ and become co-workers with God for justice.
It can absolutely be discouraging, though, to hold onto the treasure we have in Christ, when all around us our beliefs are suspect, the politics of the day are “whoever screams loudest wins,” and stories of injustice fill our screens. Advent is a time when we can remember that Christ will again show up, for “in a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay.” May this truth encourage us to keep tending the light of faith, and keep living out a life of faith no matter what.
God, your love touches our lives and joy, grace, and hope ground us again in your presence that does not leave no matter what happens. When we get overwhelmed at all that demands our attention and allegiance, help us to persevere in faith, remembering that Christ walks beside us and the Holy Spirit goes ahead of us to guide the way. Amen.
Rev. Gini Norris-Lane