From Joseph


Jeremiah 33:14-16

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

We all have messes in our lives. That is something not often admitted. The holiday season doesn’t curb these messes. If anything this time of year amplifies our messes and illuminates those crevasses that hide other messes. This morning I was listening to the radio on the way to the church. A women came on the radio wanting the radio station to help her convey her frustration and anger to her husband. The husband had been making “jokes” or hinting toward divorce ever since he bought a new motorcycle. I was thinking two things while listening. One, flaunting your mess in not going to produce the desired outcome. Secondly, how broken is this family that the best option they have is to turn to a public radio show for answers?

The season of Advent is an invitation to meditate on the Hope in the Promises of God. Jeremiah sees the beauty in the Hope God would provide.

He sees a righteous leader that will spring up. He sees one who will carry out justice and righteousness. He sees one who brings salvation and safety for the people.

If Jesus is the one Jeremiah speaks of how then are we to live as those who believe the promises of God have been fulfilled. Perhaps we should live this season lifting up our lives to God. Lifting everything. The messed up, the beautiful, and the hidden spots of our lives. This season, perhaps we keep at the forefront of our minds the decision to represent love and faithfulness. What a time of year to be on the lookout for others in need of justice and righteousness? Maybe you can be the source that provides for such need. In the end, may you and I be one that live in the light of the Hope we hold to.

The only message other people will see regarding the Hope we share in Christ is the message you preach with your life. Preach well…everyday!

May we become alert to the promises of the Lord and live in the light of hope. We will be truly blessed as Christ comes into our lives.

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