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Series Description: Picking Up the Pieces
Intuitively, we know that the world is broken -- that it was meant for a wholeness it doesn’t now experience. It’s the same with each of us. Like the world as a whole, maybe the problems caused by our own insecurities and selfishness are a sign that we were created for much more too.
As we walk together through this Advent season in preparation for Christmas, we will hear God’s promise to help us pick up the broken pieces in our worldand create something beautiful.
Surprised by Hope
Have you heard someone say, “I’ve learned to not get my hopes up; that way I’m never disappointed”? Maybe you’ve said it once or twice too. Has a string of disappointments left you jaded, hanging onto a rope of hope that’s become worn and frayed? But then out of the blue, God surprises you with a word of encouragement. Will hope pull you through?
Rescued and Rejoicing
What’s got you beaten down? Could it be financial troubles? A lifetime of hurts? Is it dealing with injustice? Maybe it’s the effects of isolation and loneliness? At Advent we remember the promise of God -- that there will be joy. At the sound of our Rescuer’s voice, we will rejoice!
Peace for Rebuilt Ruins
The year 2020 has been extraordinarily challenging. Our lives have been uprooted by a pandemic. We’ve heard peaceful protests of the oppressed, and we’ve witnessed anger for those unjustly killed. We’ve seen looting and violence on our streets. We’ve endured a brutal election campaign year, too. And yet God promises that the ruins will be rebuilt, that a Leader will reign in peace. Let us live in His peace!
Loved into the Light
Light is not always welcome -- sometimes we’d rather hide in darkness. For some, this describes their reaction to Jesus and his message. John’s gospel says, “people loved darkness instead of light.” Yet the light continues to shine upon us in even our darkness, gently yet persistently loving us into the light.
Key verse: The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. John 1:9
Christmas Eve, December 24
Picking Up the Pieces
• Gifts carefully selected and beautifully wrapped are opened in seconds -- then comes the chore of picking up all the paper and packaging.
• A meal that takes hours to prepare can be consumed in minutes. Then the leftovers must be sealed and refrigerated and the dishes dutifully done.
• It all goes by so fast – except for the cleanup.
Christmas is about God coming to pick up the pieces of our world. It’s about a Son sent undercover (wrapped in cloths) to renew our hearts and restore our lives to their intended beauty.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16