But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba", Father."(Galatians 4:4-6)
The year-end holidays are a perfect time to think about…well, time. Scripture suggests that God is outside of time, such that to Him a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day. So God always has enough time to hear our prayers and do whatever is needed. Yet He also intervenes in human history with perfect timing. It may not have seemed perfect to Mary or Joseph, but God timed Jesus’ birth so that all the conditions were in place for the fulfillment of hundreds of predictions about the Savior. It may not seem perfect to us, but God will time Jesus’ return so that all He has promised will be fulfilled. Likewise, when He intervenes in our lives, we can be sure it is perfectly timed for our benefit, the children who through His Spirit are able to call Him “Abba, Father.”
“Heavenly Father, give us patience and faith in this season. Keep us watchful for Your work in our lives, even as we await the fulfillment of all things, in Jesus, amen.”
IT’S NOT JUST TIME THAT FLIES…
It was early December.
The trip had gone well, but he was ready to go back.
The airport had turned a tacky red and green.
Loudspeakers were blaring annoying renditions of Christmas carols.
As someone who took Christmas very seriously and who was very tired,
the man was not in a particularly good mood.
Going to check in his luggage, he saw hanging mistletoe.
Not real mistletoe, but very cheap plastic with red paint on some round parts
and green paint on some of the flatter and "pointier" parts.
It could be taken for mistletoe only in a very Picasso sort of way.
With a considerable degree of irritation and nowhere else to vent it,
the man said to the lady at the counter, "Even if I were not married,
I would not want to kiss you under such a ghastly mockery of mistletoe."
She replied, "Sir, look more closely at where the mistletoe is."
He paused, then said, "Ok, I see that it's above the luggage scale,
which is the place you'd have to step forward for a kiss."
She responded, "That's not why it's there."
He rolled his eyes. "Ok, I give up. Why is it there?"
"It's there so you can kiss your luggage goodbye."
The Lord give you time to find joy this week! In Jesus,
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.