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Weekly Moravian Message December 20, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent December 20, 2015

 

Hope for the hurting

 

As Mary meets her cousin Elizabeth, her heart overflows with praise. She praises God for acting in ways that fly in the face of the assumptions of this fallen world. God favors and honors the very people others overlook (Luke 1:48). God shows special mercy not to those who have worldly success but to those who trust in him (v. 50). God provides good things for those who are hungry (v. 53). God gives position and prestige to those whom others despise (v. 52). Mary praises God, for (she boldly proclaims) with the coming of the Savior, God is changing things.

This is the final Sunday of Advent. Soon many of us will be celebrating our favorite day of the year. But among us there are likely a few who do not share this anticipation. For them, this holiday can be painful; while others celebrate, their hearts are filled with loneliness, loss, or unmet longing.
Are you one of them? Is this a painful time?

If so, may the Scripture speak to your heart, for the hope offered today is especially for you and others like you. God sees the overlooked, the hurting, the lonely, those filled with unmet longing. God sees, God knows, and God promises that your current experience is not the final word. Things will change. A new day is coming. There is great good in store.

If you are hurting today, may you embrace the Advent message of hope. It’s a hope that rests not on a holiday on the calendar but on the living God, who is not finished yet, who sees the ones whom others overlook, and who shows mercy to all who trust in him.

 

David Geyer, pastor, College Hill Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Moravian Daily Texts

01/20/2018

Saturday, January 20 — Psalm 15
Genesis 23:1–24:25; Matthew 8:23–34

God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. Genesis 1:3

God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)

Illuminate our minds, Lord Jesus, to recognize the needs of those around us. Open our hearts to share the burdens of our sisters and brothers as we hold one another in the light. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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