As the Advent season begins, we are reminded again of the hope that Jesus’ birth brings. Isaiah 9 begins, “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan” (NIV 2011). Zebulun and Naphtali were the places way up north by the Sea of Galilee. They were the first places to fall when the Assyrian army began its move into the Promised Land. But this area of Zebulun and Naphtali would be where the promised Son would grow up and where his ministry would begin. “There will be no more gloom” because the Light of the World would walk their roads and stay in their villages.
This season is one of joy, but it can be a difficult season as well. For some of us it may feel gloomy or dark. Our enjoyment of Christmas may be tinged with sadness, regret, or loss. The promise remains that the only one who can make all things right has come into the world and has invited us to be in relationship with him. During this season, let’s focus on Jesus and the hope that he brings. During Advent we also look forward in hope to his return. As Peter wrote, “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming” (1 Peter 1:13, NIV 2011).
Remember that on Sunday morning, December 17th we will be having both the adult and youth choir presenting a Christmas cantata titled, “His Name is Jesus.” This will be at 10:10 during our regular worship service. You won’t want to miss it. On December 24th we will not be having Sunday School, but our worship service will be moved up to 9am with a fellowship time following.
Do remember to continue to invite your friends and family to visit with us during the Advent season.