Anticipating the birth of a child stirs up all sorts of conflicting feelings. Jesus’s birth stirred up the entire world. Waiting for the birth of a child brings expectant joy and anxiety of the unknown. As we wait for Jesus, we can embrace the beauty with the mess.
Look for God’s unique opportunities when your routine gets interrupted. If we want to love God and others, we must allow our routines to be interrupted. This Advent series is based on the book "The Christmas Option: The Hidden Options Found in the Christmas Story" by Jonathan Malm.
Waiting doesn’t mean inactivity. The Lord has shown and instructed us how to live in anticipation of His return. Who knew that waiting could actually be productive and fulfilling?
Disappointments in life are opportunities to worship, trust God, and encourage others. Many people get stuck in the disappointments and pain of life. As believers, however, we have an opportunity to channel those troubles into a bigger purpose.
When Isaiah promised the birth of a savior for the people of Israel, they didn’t know how long it would take to get the gift, but their hope endured. Like a child waiting for Christmas morning, the believer can be confident that in due time, what God gives will not disappoint.
Generosity is a virtue that comes from the character of God and consists of giving to others without expecting anything in return. We will be generous to others just as God is generous to us.
The widow put the least in the offering, but Jesus demonstrates through her that generosity is not just for those who are wealthy or have it all together. We will be generous even with our small gifts, talents, and acts of service.
Paul tells the Church in Corinth to be generous in giving to others. God will take care of them. We will be generous in our financial giving, wherever God calls us to give.
The parable of the Good Samaritan shows the importance of being generous with our time to serve others. We will take time to be generous and serve others in our Church and community.
A single Bible verse changed the world as we know it. Verse 17 reminds us that God’s righteousness is not earned but given through faith. Every day, but especially on this Confirmation Sunday, we stand to confirm that we are unashamed of the Gospel.