Many of us are very busy this time of year and time gets away from us. I heard of one woman who in her rush to get through this Christmas season realized that she wasn’t going to get her annual Christmas card with their family’s picture done in time. So, she thought, “Well, I’ll at least run to the store really quick and grab a box of cards that I can just send out.” She went to the store, weaved her way in and out of people. Lines were packed. She got to the card aisle and found one that said, “Merry Christmas” on the front with a cool glittery picture. She picked up the packages of cards and quickly got in line. She went home, slapped some labels on them and stuck them in the mail. After the holidays she was picking up the Christmas decorations and found a few extra cards that were left over. As she was putting them away, she looked inside the card and read, “This Christmas card is just to say an amazing gift is soon on the way.” Now I can just imagine her face as she realizes she sent this card out to all her family and friends and now they are waiting for an “amazing gift” from her! Now I think a great solution for her would be to send them all a little post card with 2 Peter 3:8 on it. Don’t forget this one thing dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. There is no doubt about it an amazing gift is on its way they just don’t know when. What we do know is God keeps his promises! He said he would come and he did. He said he will return and he will. Until then what should be do. 2 Peter 3:11 says You ought to live holy and godly lives. I would say we are to live holy and godly lives trusting that an amazing gift is on the way soon!
Gracious God, we thank you that you always keep your promises. Keep our eyes, ears, hearts and minds looking with great anticipation toward the amazing gift of your return. Amen
1. What gifts are occupying your thoughts currently?
2. Would those closest to you say you strive to live a holy and godly life? Why or why not?
Pastor Tim Squier
Riverside Lutheran Church/New Hope Community Church