Advent

God with US

What a wonder it is for God who is from eternity entered history, and embraced the limits of being human to be with and for us. The divine is revealed in weakness of being human to live with and love us.

God has come down to serve the little people in the little places. He has shown that true success is in service. To be great is not going up competitively to the top to be looked up to. True greatness is the way of going down below to live with the weak and love them sacrificially.

God’s coming in His Son Jesus Christ is not just an event to remember but an experience to renew our lives. God keeps coming. He keeps visiting to deliver His people from trouble and tragedy they struggle with in this broken world. God always finds His way to walk with us.

With God with us, we are not alone. We are encouraged and empowered to keep on the difficult journey ahead. Suffering will always be around but the One who is ever present will save us.

Despite the Covid vaccine that is already on the way, Covid-19 will still stay for a while or even longer. Our confidence is in God who comes alongside us. The assurance of God’s presence is what empowers us to sing in the midst of sorrow, feel confident to face the uncertainty, and sleep in peace in the midst of a troubled world. With this perspective of Advent we can truly say: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Herman Moldez

Manila, Philippines

All is Well

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For the past several weeks, believers around the world have been celebrating Advent – a season of waiting, praying, and hoping for the coming of the Messiah. It’s a time to reflect on Jesus’ first coming as a babe in a manger, combined with and an eager anticipation of his second coming. It marks where we currently stand in history and acknowledges our longing for things that are not yet.

In the words of J. Haynes, “Observing Advent provides us an opportunity to slow down and participate in a daily rhythm of prayer and scripture reading which prepares and points our hearts toward the Christ who is our greatest treasure, our greatest joy, and our greatest good.”

As we approach Christmas this year, take a moment to pause and ponder Christ, our greatest treasure, our greatest joy, our greatest good. And in that space of stillness, rejoice!

I encourage you to listen to the lyrics of this song, “All is Well.”

All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light

In the midst of busyness and all that goes on in the world, all truly is well.
Emmanuel, God with us.

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