Merry Christmas! As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior this season, may we dwell again in the miracle and mystery of Immanuel, God with us. May it not be just another year hearing the same old story, but may the promise of Christ's birth be reborn in us each and every day as we walk in the Way of Jesus!
Our dreams aren’t big enough for what God wants to do in and through us. While we tend to settle for "good enough," the promised inbreaking of God's Kingdom stretches our imaginations and pushes the limits of what we believe is possible, just like Mary sang about and the prophets grasped at.
But what would happen if we quit trying to control God’s story in and around us? What if instead we released ourselves and our community and our world to God to let God do something that we can’t yet even imagine? Our dreams aren’t big enough for what God wants to do in and through us.
This week's sermon...from Luke 1:26-38, 46-55.
It's easy, when facing the uncertainty of something "new" in the future, even if that new thing is a good thing, to look back and cling to the past. We live in the tension between excitement and uncertainty, between the unfolding future and the nostalgic past. But stepping into God's future means letting go of the past: of hurts, of nostalgia, of loss, of "glory days."
In Isaiah 43, God says to the People of Israel, "Forget the former things, do not swell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!" God's call to us is the same: let go of the past in order that we might step into God's glorious future.
This week's sermon...from Isaiah 40 and 43.