REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK
From Bah Humbug to Blessed | Luke 3: 1-6
“Bah," said Scrooge, "Humbug.” These immortal words from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol capture the frustration and discouragement that some people feel at Christmas. For Scrooge, his negative view of Christmas was based on past disappointments and the general feeling that life was not going as he planned. His past was dictating his present and clouding his future.
Action: Think about Christmases past and how they affect your hope for Christmas present and future. How does Jesus play a part in your Christmas hopes and dreams? Change your focus from a celebration of Christmas past (Jesus’ birth) to a celebration of present (God is with us) and future (Christ will come again).
Prayer: God of Advent and Christmas, thank you for entering our world as a child many years ago; thank you for entering our lives today; and thank you for the hope of your promised return. As we travel through this Advent season, let us be mindful of your presence and your will. Empower us to bring the hope of Christ to all of your people. WE pray all these things in the name of Christ, who is past, present, and future. Amen.