This year’s Lenten theme is “Show Us.” I interpret this as asking Jesus to “show us” what it means to live a life faithful to the Christian calling. “Show us” what it means to live lives of compassion and empathy. “Show us” what it means to live out Jesus’ teaching. “Show us” what it means to work for justice for all of God’s people.
As the Lenten season begins, Goshen College will again offer and online resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Lent with devotions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
On this Christmas day, I hope that each of us might feel the love of God intimately and personally.
God assures us there is a promise of hope, healing and restoration on the other side of the wait, and for that, we praise.
There is time to wait, and there is also time to move on.
Trusting in God’s leading is risky, and the outcome is uncertain. Can we allow ourselves that vulnerability and become open to the movement of the Spirit?
Through the gospel you remember the promises of God, that the valley is never too low and permanent, and that Jesus is working through it all.
Psalm 80 is a plea for help. Oppression controls the writer and his people. They are waiting to be saved and actively pleading: how long, O Lord? Restore us!
Let us live into the advent season this year with renewed courage that God’s long-sighted plan is larger than our imaginations.
The patience needed to wait can take an extraneous amount of energy, but it will be worth it; waiting adds a unique significance and purpose to the event.