Scripture: Matthew 1:21
Reflection: The future, full of expectations and unknowns. This verse is full of future verbs that point us to what is to come, said with a sense of certainty that leaves behind doubt. “She will bear” and “he will save” tell us about what is coming and how it will all play out. After a year like 2020, it’s somewhat of a relief to read words about the future and not have to question if they are true. The future seems to be constantly changing and adapting and yet, we can find ourselves comforted by these words that point us to the truth of our faith. Jesus Christ is coming! Mary will bear a son and he will save his people.
This season of Advent feels particularly strange after so many of our normal yearly patterns and traditions have already been upended. Reading this verse this year fills me with a profound sense of hope, that even when it is hard for us to plan for the future or know how things will turn out, we worship and trust a God who speaks with certainty. While this period of waiting feels very similar to the waiting we have been doing since the pandemic began, there is a distinct sense of hope I find in the very act of Mary bearing a child, who will be called Jesus. And even though we may never be able to speak with certainty about the future, I find my faith by trusting that God can.
Prayer: All-knowing, ever present God, we give you thanks for the certainty you bring not only to your Word but also to our lives. In this season of waiting and expectation, we trust in the future that we cannot see and we wait with joy for the coming of your son. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck, Resident Pastor
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