Donna Lewis, Director of Children’s Ministry
Drawing by Samuel McFadden
1 Kings 18:1-18
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Store shelves are brightly stocked as advertisements filled our mailboxes before the end of October. However, (oh, this year of 2020) the upcoming Christmas season launches even earlier as folks visually seek hope and inspiration with decorations. Walking through my neighborhood on November 8, 2020, it was an unexpected joy to see Christmas lights, red and green wreaths and a stable being built. Displaying hope, love, joy, peace and faith with early Christmas decorating serves to elevate the spirits of my community. Continuing my walk, there was more spring in my step and the hum of carols flowing through my mind. It is a contagious spirit, and I now must confess that my tree was out of the attic and headed for the traditional living room corner earlier than ever.
Life is all about choices. Presented with choices everyday, we each have our own personal process for making decisions. Knowledge, understanding, data collection, research, past experience and emotion play a part in making a decision. I contend that in addition to those components there are also the threads of hope, love, joy, peace and faith that weave into our choices.
Just as Elijah chose obedience to God in uncertain circumstances, we have that same choice. (1 Kings 18:1-18) Obedience or disobedience?
Just as the psalmist wrote “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever” (Psalm 125), we have a choice to stand firm or crooked in our ways.
Just as Paul urged in Ephesians, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10), we have the choice to find our strength in his power or to rely on our own weak strength.
Yes, it’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas in this uncertain day and time. Our hope, love, joy, peace and faith are buttressed by our obedience to our God, our firm foundation in our God and in the strength of his mighty power that we can claim as his child.
Father God, we confess our disobedience and failings. Lead us and draw us Lord in your ways. Bless us Lord with your strong and mighty power as we look to the Christ child in this season of miracles. In his precious name. Amen