Something To Look Forward To

Late one Friday afternoon, as a local church pastor was preparing his Sunday message in his home study, his little girl crept into the room and said, “Daddy, can we play?” On a deadline and deep in the “Sunday’s coming” process, he told his daughter, “I’m so sorry, sweetheart, but I’m busy right now. Tell you what, in an hour, I would love to play with you. Deal?” With a smile, the little girl told her father, “Ok, when you’re finished, Daddy, I am going to give you a great big hug.” She turned, went to the door to leave, but before doing so, she turned back around, ran over to her father, and gave him a, “chiropractic, bone-breaking hug” (his words, if memory serves me correctly).

Perplexed, he told his daughter, “Wait a minute, I thought the hug was for when I was finished!” She smiled and answered before running out of the study, “Dad, I just wanted you to know what you have to look forward to.”

There’s a pretty sweet picture of Advent, friends.

Remember, the four Sundays of Advent leading us to Christmas Eve are like speed bumps, where we’re encouraged to slow down and remember: Not only did God come into the world in the person and presence of Jesus, but also that we have something to look forward to. He’s coming again.

Last week, we looked at hope revealed in the presence of God. This Sunday, let’s step into Luke 2 and look at hope revealed found in this beautiful word: purpose. We hope you’re making plans to join us, either in person or online. I can’t wait to share this next week’s message with every one of you!

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