Wednesday, November 27, 2013

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

MY FAMILY OFTEN THINKS THAT THE THRILL OF THE HUNT is better than the final result. This is never more true than on birthdays or Christmas. We have been known to lead a person, via written clues, from place to place, from mailboxes to neighbor’s front doors, deciphering riddles and completing little stunts, all to find the present that is hidden in some obscure location, or even right-under-your-nose.

A case in point is when my family had bought me a bike and hid it in the closet in the girls’ bedroom. I went to the closet, slid open the doors, saw nothing and closed the door and continued on my way solving clues, never seeing the bike that was in the closet!  We’re talking a full-size bicycle. It was right in front of my face. As my mother used to say, “If you were any closer it would have bit you on the nose!” Well, I am thankful the bike didn’t bite, and my family thought dad had gone blind. Oh well, memories were made.

As we enter the Advent Season we discover that it too is best experienced as a journey; a joy-filled journey of discovering the long promised Savior. When Christmas becomes nothing more than the 25th of December we miss the true joy that God desires for us. Joy, I believe, He purposefully designed into the whole of the event of the birth of the Savior.  It is my hope that you will join the family at Felton Bible as we discover God in the unexpected places. Let’s be honest, the birth of the Christ-Child was anything but normal, surely not what was expected.

Sure, the Hebrews had been waiting for hundreds of years for the coming of the promised Messiah, a King of all kings and a Lord of all lords. They were waiting in eager expectation for the day the coming King would ride into the city of Jerusalem and establish once again the throne of the greatest of all Hebrew kings, King David. But, the promised king’s arrival came in thoroughly unexpected ways. The promised Messiah was to be found in the most unexpected places.

Each Sunday during this Advent season, as we gather to sing carols, light candles, and retell the Christmas story I invite you to discover God in the unexpected places of life. In the unexpected places of that first Advent over 2,000 years ago, and in the unexpected places of our lives today.

I invite you to purposefully set aside time during this often hectic season to gather with your church family, and to invite your friends and neighbors to join us as we journey to these unexpected places. Places in which we will discover the presence, power, peace and plan of God.

O, come all ye faithful! Joyful and triumphant!  Let us together discover God in the unexpected places.
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