Advent Week 4 – Monday – (De)Frost

Monday, Week 4
(De)Frosting

Scriptures for the Week
    2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
    Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
    Romans 16:25-27
    Luke 1:26-38

    The defroster just did not work well. Despite the best efforts of the little motor the cool, moist air continued to form an icy film over the window – and that was on the inside. Age and wear made the once pristine view through the windshield difficult enough without the added frost. Seeing while driving is important. Knowing what is coming and where you are going is essential.
    Our way of seeing faces the same kinds of difficulties. External variables combine with our internal frame of reference of our experiences to make it tough, sometimes impossible. Our best efforts to clear the window come up short. We may catch a glimpse from time to time but in the end we second-guess as the glaze returns worse than before.
     Histories tell stories transcending ethnic and economic boundaries. In all cases and in all ages God found ways to point people to the way to experience life in health and wholeness toward God and others. Many of these means of self-revelation resulted in a people faithfully trusting God and loving others. Other times it was as if cataracts made seeing near impossible. Relationships failed to fulfill. God seemed everywhere but nowhere.
    Our final week of the Advent Season brings us to reflect on a way of seeing the writer of Hebrews described as, “God finally and completely spoke through his Son.” Kings wanted to contain God in a structure so David wanted to build a Temple. Yet, God’s dwelling would be and will be with people – you and me through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
    Our final week of the Advent Season prompts us to recall the restoration of our vision. Where we tried to see and could not God made us to see Jesus. Where we tried to connect with God and could not God made a connection with us through Jesus. Where we tried to live at peace with others but could not God made peace with us. He makes peace possible in and for our relationships with others by the work of the Spirit in our lives.
    Our final week of the Season of Advent inspires us to sing whether the song of Mary or the songwriter. Where we could not find the words God gave us the words, the Word. Where the melody eluded us God brought us both melody and harmony to sing His new song.
    Our final week of the Season of Advent God cleared the windshield, cut away the cataracts, pulled back the curtain so we could now see bringing about the obedience of faith.

Pastor Todd

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