(Last Updated On: March 4, 2019)

2. Advent

 

“Going Forward with God”

 

Year of Our Lord 2019.   Or is it just 2019?

 

As we enter the New Year, we are encouraged in faith to go with the hope and strength that comes with God’s presence.

One of my favorite devotional writers over these now many years has been Rev. Herman Gockel.  In a devotion entitled “Our God Is at Both Ends,” he tells the following story:

“The story is told of a farmer boy who was hauling his first load of hay to town. Perched high on the mound of hay above the wagon, the hay bulging on both sides, he guided the horses along a country road until he came to a covered bridge. The bridge was long and, as he looked, it appeared funnel-like with a small patch of light at the end.”

You guessed it. He turned around, assuming he would never make it through.

That boy was a victim of an optical illusion. Life is full of illusions. It may be that as you consider the challenges of the year ahead, that health condition, work issue, or family struggle seems to close in on you.  We all have something this side of heaven, don’t we?

How often in the middle of the night when our weak faith is faltering have we lost sleep to worry only to find the truth of the Psalmist’s words: “When I awake, I am still with Thee,” Psalm 139:18.

Our God is Emmanuel through Jesus Christ, God’s Son and our Savior. Jesus promises, “Lo, I am with you always, to the end of the age,” Matthew 28: 20. This promise is sure through the redemptive love revealed in Christ crucified and Christ risen!

Gockel concludes the devotion: “No matter which end of the bridge we are standing on, we can be sure: our God is at both ends! On whatever end of the bridge we may be standing at this moment, let us put our hand in His-and go courageously forward.”

The Year of Our Lord 2019!

 

Pastor Ray+