Promises Kept

As we await the greatest gift ever given, may your families be blessed by the richness of this Advent season.

“Now to him who is able to do more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

God is the master at doing the impossible. Recently I read the following quote. “The birth of Jesus was not just a difficulty, it was an impossibility. “Just as God caused Mary to conceive the perfect sinless Savior, fully God-fully human-he can accomplish through you, those things that seem impossible in your life.” God tells us who we are by telling us who we are to become. We move forward by God’s promises.

“Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:45

Paul whispers this incredible mystery of life lived in faith, in the book of Ephesians. God’s breath of life present in all things. There is an uncontainable hope for love and joy buried in the heart of every living thing. Most of us do not recognize the strength of that life within us or the many ways it shows itself to us. Everyone though at one point in time has seen its power. There are opportunities all around us to respond to that life in others. Maybe even light a spark when someone is feeling low or struggling with what may seem like impossibilities in their life. We’ve seen that hope in many of our God’s Grace sisters and brothers faces. Christ living life in families, often in situations we find impossible. We’ve seen the hope and joy in children through our outreach opportunities in Denver, at Paris Elementary, Nicaragua and beyond. When we share in these experiences, we know it comes back to us full circle and we are richly blessed.

Life for any of us is rarely predictable. I often come back and reflect on these same questions. What is my attitude about life and the circumstances I often find myself in? How do I experience them? Do I trust or distrust them? I know if I take this gift of Jesus with me, this Jesus who is fully God-fully human, this life in Christ can be trusted. God will never go off and leave us. He enters in to our trouble and saves us. Come Lord Jesus!

Living Christ, I’m so grateful for this life, for the gift of your living word which strengthens and guides me. Heal me from my prejudices and my lack of trust. Thank you for the life you breathe into the most impossible situations. Grant us the ability to feel with a new heart and to see with new eyes. Christ in people, Christ on earth, binding us all together in Hope, Peace and your Love. Amen

Lois Autterson

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