During this season of election in our nation, I have watched the Church, and how we as a whole have acted, and reacted. I’ve seen good, and bad, and yes, some downright ugly. That is not a statement of judgement any more than it is one of exaltation. It just ‘is’…we are a Bride being readied for a glorious and coming wedding day…but frankly, we’re still running around with curlers in our hair and no make up on. Not quite ready yet…but at the same time, in the beautification process. Thankfully, God’s not done with us yet!
Which brings me to the real reason for my post…Hope. Not hope in a political system of this world, but rather Hope in a True King…one who’s government is that of peace, and whose reign will never end!
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this. ~Isaiah 9:6-7
Somehow, this year in particular, it is with great excitement that I am looking toward the Advent season…not just ‘Christmas’, as remembering and celebrating the birth of our Savior, (which I most certainly do love!), but also the meaningful weeks of remembrance and looking toward the return of a King, who will put aside all the politicking and debating and struggle and war, and will reign with love and peace, justice and righteousness. All will truly be right in the world once again, as redemption will be complete.
My spirit soars as I think, not just of a babe in a manger, but as I ponder all the wonder of the King on the Throne. The anticipation that swells in my heart, looking and awaiting THAT glorious day makes all the excitement and joy of an earthly Christmas celebration pale in comparison! And yet, what an apt thing that we would experience a taste, a glimmer, of that kind of beauty during this time of year. We may tend to remember the lowly birth, but also, let us think of the multiplied joy as we anticipate the glorious coronation. Now THAT makes me want to sing…
“JOY TO THE WORLD!!!”