Tuesday, December 1, 2020

KEY VERSE: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10
You’re riding down the street, and a guy in the car next to yours yells out the window, “Give me your hand! I can save you…” Of course, he wants to sell you insurance, but the whole scene is a little unbelievable. Was it any more believable for a bunch of shepherds out in the field, watching a flock of sheep, to see angels in the sky? And what they told these sleepy shepherds was that a baby was being born who could save them? Every time I hear this story I have to wonder if I would have thought, “Sure a baby is going to save me. Let’s just all go and see the baby.” 
Or would I have been more likely to say, “This has got to be a dream. I’ll wake up in the morning and everything will be fine. We’ll move the sheep on to the next pasture and hope the Romans don’t bother us.”
Right now I’m sitting in my apartment, looking out the window at a beautiful Spring scene. The dogwood tree is blooming, the grass is green and the sun is shining brightly. Everything looks beautiful and normal, but it’s not. We’re in the middle of very uncertain times. A virus has overtaken life as we know it. Everything has changed. There is nothing normal about my world today. Those shepherds faced a similar situation. The Roman government had seized their country and they had lost control. They had no idea what was going to happen next. They needed someone to come and save them. 
An old song I remember from my camp meeting days begins like this:  
In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
No matter where you are or what you think you need, the coming of our Savior is what we need most today and every day. As that chorus states:
 This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
Prayer: Holy God, help us to realize our need of someone to save us. Continue to guide our faith so that, no matter what we face today and in the future, we’re very sure that we hold fast to our Savior. Through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Sue Uzelmeier
St. John's Ivyland
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
Rev. Brad Leight, Pastor