December 15th (3rd Sunday of Advent): “You Also Must Be Patient”, Children’s Christmas Program

Main Text: James 5:7-10 (Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11)

Remembering
that everything is according to the Spirit, is also to remember that God does
not follow our plan or timeline. In this culture of immediate gratification, we
are all about getting what we want when we want it. Advent is a season that
reminds us to be patient. If you get what you want, you will miss out on so
much more that God has planned for you. Isaiah reminds us that we may look at a
desert and think of it as desolate, but God can turn anything into fertile and
fruitful possibility. John the Baptist was losing hope that Jesus was the one,
so he sent his disciples to inquire of him. Jesus did not get upset with John’s
request, he simply sent them back to tell John what they see and hear. His
patient planting has paid off and the fullness of God is present. James
instructs us that we also must be patient as we look for the fullness of God’s
time and plan. So wake up, bathe in God’s baptismal grace, put on the armor of ligh
and be patient as God fulfills all things according to the Spirit.

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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