As we are amid a pandemic, we are seeing that life is changing and will continue to change until this gets under control. So, what do we do in the meantime?
We embrace the CHANGE! We must do what is for the greater good. I look to the word, specifically, Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sister, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
So, as we are embracing the change… Our first change is that …. Well the advent season started in November, as it sometimes does. Since we missed it, we are embracing the change and starting today December 1st celebrating and lighting our 1st advent candle. Now we could have just let it go but embraced it. It’s our HOPE candle and we need Hope in this world today, right now.
Another change that we may have to embrace, is our church services… many are already online and well what will happen on Christmas Eve for services? They too, maybe online, and we must embrace it. Not ignore, or not attend, embrace and be there virtually. Start thinking now, who you will invite just as you would “normally”. Still dress for the service, if your church is doing a candlelight service, get your candle now! Be proactive. Purchase a couple extra candles and send them to your invited guest and if they live close drop them off at their door with an invitation with all the service information. After the service, make the call and see how they enjoyed the service. If they are not believers, maybe they are ready to learn more. It’s all about Jesus!
Jesus, He embraced the change of coming to earth as an infant, born in a lowly stable. He came that we might have eternal life in Him. He came, He lived, He died, He rose again. He CHANGED, so that we would and could change. Embrace it and know that He has gone before us. He is our coming Hope. We may have started the advent a couple days late, but the key is, we didn’t, we couldn’t give up or forget our HOPE, our coming hope … JESUS!
Merry “Different” Christmas to you and yours,