Monday, November 30, 2020

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free
From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.  
                                                                                                   Charles Wesley, 1744
Jesus is the “hope of all the earth”. Beyond all the material “everything” Jesus is the ultimate hope because His birth brought the ultimate gift – the promise of eternal life in heaven. There is no other gift that can possibly surpass that!
In this time of preparation, let us take some time to remember what the true focus of this season is meant to be. A time of preparation for the coming of Christ. Not just His coming over two thousand years ago; but a time of preparation for the coming of Christ again. How do we do that? The      answer lies in the lyrics of the hymn. We can seek release from our sins and fears. We can seek rest in Jesus. We can allow the Spirit of Christ to reign within us. Surely, we can take a few minutes at the beginning of each day and another few minutes before ending each day to spend with God. We can read a quick devotional or take a moment to recall three things for which we are thankful for from that day. These simple things will allow God to do good things in your life and give Him glory. 
PRAYER: Precious Jesus, You are the hope of all the earth. Please release us from our sins and fears. Help us to find our rest with you. Live in us forever and help us to prepare for your coming with hope in our hearts. Amen
                              Denise Clark
                              Christ Servant Minister
St. John's Ivyland
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
Rev. Brad Leight, Pastor