by Sara Heisler
My favorite part of today’s Scripture reading is verse 5 and 6, “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Christmas season is a time for all of us to remember what brings us together, and not what divides us. It is very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day functions of running a church and to lose sight of why we became a church in the first place. It is important to take time to remember why the church and our church family mean so much to each of us. We forget that Jesus Christ came to show us the way to love one another and to worship God the Father together.
The Christmas season is also a season of hope – we relive the hope of those in the first century awaiting the birth of Christ and we continue in the hope of the Holy Spirit who guides us until Christ comes again. Thankfully, we have the Scriptures to remind us and by their “steadfastness and encouragement” we too have hope.
Spend some time today contemplating the hope you have in Christ, our Lord and Savior, and in our church as you remember that we all come together to celebrate and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.