Monday, December 1, 2014

Christ is Coming!

2 PETER 3:8-15A
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

advent reminds us that
Christ is coming!
Christ is coming in the babe born in Bethlehem.
Christ is coming again as the glorious king to redeem and reign.

Christ is coming still!
Christ is coming still in our daily lives,
into our broken world,
in our hurting families,
into our divided communities.

2 Peter referencing Psalm 90:4
reminds us
with You
"one day is like a thousand years".

Your time is different.
Your schedule is different.
Your priorities are different.

So this Advent
help us with our watchful waiting!
Remind us that while to us it seems
like you are slow in coming!
This so called "slowness" is actually
grace working its way
into all the cracks of our broken world
to bring about healing, redemption,
indeed salvation
not just for some,
but for the whole world!
And that takes time.

Help us wait with patience!
And help us do the work of witness
while we wait.
For Christ is coming!
Christ is coming!
Christ is coming still!

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