Monday, December 26, 2016

Although he looked a lot like Jack Voelkel with a red tablecloth tied around his shoulders.

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD. Psalm 31:24

Vineyard City Church had a surprise visitor Christmas Eve night, an older man, although still spry and alert, reflecting over some of the events of his life when he was much younger and falling in love with a local village girl named Mary. And life was not neat and tidy for Joseph, as he struggled with his fears and longings and the opinions of the neighbors, as well as what do about these unexpected angels of the LORD sent by Him to declare His will.

And the arrival of Emmanuel, God with Us, doesn’t mean that life gets easy and quickly resolved. It is a pilgrimage that can carry us on lonely paths through strange lands as we wait for the story to unfold.

But it Is comforting to hear the stories to those who have gone before me, the veritable cloud of witnesses, who also followed the quiet still voice, “Be strong and take courage, Because I, Your God, am with you, even unto the end of the age.”