“Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”
According to Luke’s gospel, those are the words Elizabeth spoke to Mary, the mother of Jesus. And in many ways, trusting what the Lord has promised is the very foundation of our faith.
But it’s not always easy. In fact, at times it is quite difficult to believe the promise that God is with us, for us, and within us. It’s not always easy to trust the promise of resurrection to eternal life. And since we’ve been waiting for 2000 years or so, it is not easy to believe the promise that Christ will come to earth again.
When it’s hard for me to trust, I remember the father who brought his son to Jesus. The son couldn’t speak and was apparently experiencing jarring seizures. When Jesus told the man that all things were possible for the one who had faith, the father, wanting desperately for his son to be healed, exclaimed, “I believe! Help my unbelief!”
So I often repeat that man’s prayer when it is difficult for me to trust and believe, “I believe! Help my unbelief.” And I hope that God hears, listens and helps me, like Jesus helped that man and healed that boy. During this joyful week may you trust more deeply and may your trust in God grow. Maybe, like Mary, you’ll find yourself happy and blessed in your trust and belief.
Our Christmas Eve worship will be live streamed at 6pm. Just go to our website that evening to find the link. If you made reservations to worship in person, please enter the middle door only and bring your confirmation email (on your phone or printed is fine) and show an usher. The usher will direct your group to your assigned seat. If you come a little early it will help us with the seating process. We do have room in the balcony for a few folks who didn’t make reservations (first come, first served). I hope you will join us either in person or online!
Next Sunday we’ll worship at the regular time, 10am, and will also live-stream our worship. We’ll sing, read scripture and pray together, and I’ll read a short story rather than preach. Again, I hope you can join us.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!