Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Pat

Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” (Matthew 2:8 NRSV)

Herod definitely had another agenda when he urged the wise men to go search for the Christ child. Herod wanted to eliminate who he perceived as a threat, while the wise men were in search of the one who they hoped would save the world.

Today we sit on the cusp of a new year. Quite honestly, after 2020 it might be especially difficult to look to 2021 with any sort of hopeful expectation.

But it depends on how we decide to look forward.

If we are placing all of our eggs in the basket of 2021 being the well-deserved reprieve from the likes of 2020, we may very well be setting ourselves up for disappointment. Because whether we like it or not, 2021 is bound to offer as many obstacles as opportunities, as many possibilities as problems. So if we’re looking for a pass on hard times… beloved, it’s probably not going to happen.

But if we instead adopt the mindset of the wise men, if we search diligently for Christ, we will indeed find Christ in every experience. Notice the words are “search diligently.” This is more than a glance or a glimpse. This is the intentional, focused exploration of an experience that we do relinquish until we find Christ in the midst of it. 

So you might as well buckle up, buttercup, because 2021 is coming! But the good news is Christ is already in it, waiting for us to arrive!

-- Pastor Pat