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Finding Faith: Timing

Rev. ALISON GROVE

Solomon knew quite a bit about “timing.” Solomon tells us there exists an appointed time for everything under heaven. In Ecclesiastes 3, this poem reflects the seasons of life. “God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling them to discover what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

We might consider ourselves to be in the “space between.” There is a space in everyone’s life between their dreams and their reality. We have a sense of anticipation anytime we begin something new. Within the newness we envision how our lives, and the lives of our loved ones will be better, because of these new endeavors.

The birth of a child for example sets those hopes and dreams upon our hearts. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? As the child grows, we wonder what kind of person they will become and what will they do with their lives? It was after all, the angel who broke forth into Mary’s ordinary life for announcing something new, something that would change everything.

Into our lives and into the world God longs to come, bringing new life, new hope. God sets eternity into our hearts as Jesus Christ, the Son of God comes to earth born in a barn. He doesn’t come for the rich or the powerful, but he comes for all.

In our space between we are waiting for the Messiah, the Savior of the world to break forth for offering us something new in the way of hope and peace within our hearts. God sets eternity into our hearts as we await with anticipation a return to a sense of normalcy to our lives. A chance and place for beginning life anew.

The Good News for all people is that regardless of your past mistakes and foibles; God in Christ helps us for living these spaces between. Believe it or not in the space between this is where God does his best work. Christmas is a time for pondering and noticing what has already begun of this new age, because Jesus has already been here.

Even in our time and place God is keeping his promises as he sets eternity into our hearts as we believe that this Christ Child who comes is the one for making all things new and good, and safe, and whole.

Might this Christmas, be the Christmas where God sets eternity into your heart?

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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Rev. Alison W. Grove, pastor of Covenant and Faith United Methodist Churches, Lock Haven.

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