ADVENTUS - Rejoicing


REJOICING

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord”. Luke 2:8-11

REJOICE! God is with us! What does it mean to rejoice? All of us have struggles here on earth. Jesus came to us as a baby in the womb of a young Jewish girl. God became flesh. We tend to romanticize the story—-but in reality there was dirt, and blood, and pain. He knows our pain, and we were never promised not to suffer. When asked what draws me to Jesus, I always respond that it’s HOPE. Hope that one day there will be no COVID, no cancer, no hunger, no homelessness, no loneliness and depression. We know that through our risen Savior Jesus Christ these hopes can and will be fulfilled.” We can rejoice and be glad.


Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”. Romans 12:12.


The young girl I sponsor in Zimbabwe is named Rejoice. Our name is how we are identified. Let rejoicing be part of your identity this Christmas, and always.


“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice”. Phillipians 4:4

~ Melanie Matheny

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