At 8:00 am Sunday morning, we are going to light our final Advent candle of the season. And then, we will light the Christmas candle celebrating the coming of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What more can we say that has not already been said? Nothing — but our task is not to innovate. It is to tell — repeatedly — the same story of the coming of Jesus Christ. That, in itself, is always fresh and new.
We have been through a lot this year, beloved: an historic flood, wonderful baptisms, deaths of loved ones, stabilizing our campus, thinking about the future — sometimes all we could do was just put one foot in front of the other. Some of you have suffered a lot. This church has offered itself to the service of our community in many, many ways. Yet what is the greatest thing we can offer?
The Christ has come to people who need Him and who have been expecting Him. That is the very essence of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. In exile and occupation, God fulfilled His promises. He fulfills His promises to you on Christmas. There will be a day when the wickedness and calamity of this world will be crushed to its core and every tear will be wiped from your eyes. We wait and wait; but that day will come. It will come because of what we are about to celebrate: Christmas.
Joy to the World! Joy to you! — even as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, making your way in this world.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
(the Rev’d) David Browder