It’s what the single mom needs.
It’s what the young man who just made a really bad choice needs.
It’s what we all need.
What do we need?
It’s what I need and what you need.
On your worst days you want it badly.
On your best days, you might not know it, but even then you need it.
It’s what the elderly couple we met in the first week of Advent needed. Remember Elizabeth & Zechariah? Two lovers of God. But into old age he had not given them children, and they had to deal with cultural shame about that. They had a need.
Last week we met another person who needed it. Mary a peasant teenage girl, also loved the Lord. She had a bright spot in her life, with her coming marriage to Joseph the carpenter. But in reality life in Nazareth, as in most of Israel at the time, was dark. Most people hoped they could kept food on the table, and literally that was about it. If they could keep the commandments and steer clear of the Roman soldiers whose armies occupied their land, maybe God would intervene. But for common peasants like them, then needed it.
What do we need?
Maybe you feel a need. Life can feel hopeless. You love the Lord but the pressures of this life can drag you down. Know what I mean?
I felt like that this week. We got a used wood stove earlier this year from my cousin. Got it installed over the summer, and first started using it in October. It produces a wonderful heat. Then last week it stopped working. Smoke started backing up in the house. Over and over we tried to get a good fire going, only to set our smoke alarms off, kids running out to the porch. People were coming over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Who wants guests over in a smoky house? Who wants to smell smoke on your clothes, on your hair? I was frustrated. I felt pressure.
We all have feelings like that. Does God care? What kind of God do we serve?
As we look at the next section of Luke (1:57-80) on this Third Sunday of Advent, we see an amazing thing happen. We see God respond to the need. Read the passage, see if you can find the need and God’s response. Join us on Sunday at Faith Church for worship to learn more.