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No Brighter Hope

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It’s cold, but there is no snow. Pikes Peak is brown. That doesn’t work for me! If it is going to be cold, let’s have some snow. What we've got now beats cold with rain, but not by much. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.

Jim DeJarnette and Alison Murray were reminiscing about a Christmas a few years ago when we had rented large outdoor spotlights. The snow came as if on cue, and the whole church and city felt like a giant snow globe. I bet that was wonderful. But what’s coming around the bend for us this year is going to be pretty wonderful too. Snow or no snow, the light is breaking out. Jesus shines Brighter!

What God has planned will surprise us. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “A shaking of heads, perhaps even an evil laugh, must go through our old, smart, experienced, self-assured world, when it hears the call of salvation of believing Christians: ‘For a child has been born for us, a son given to us’” (I Want to Live These Days with You, p. 369).

Is our world a little too cynical? Are we a little too sophisticated to buy into the magic? God is with us in Jesus Christ. He stands at the door to knock. How will you let Him in over the next few weeks?

Sunday we continue our series Brighter, thinking together about how there is No Brighter Hope than what we find in Jesus Christ. I hope you will take time to worship the Lord with us this week.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

 


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