ADVENT

Second Sunday in Advent: All Is Well

Psalm 85: 1-2, 5-13

Second Sunday in Advent: All Is Well

It is well with me. It is well with you. Oh Yes! We have God’s promises of this. This second Sunday of Advent is beginning with a rush to supply all the needs and wants of our familes, our friends, our churches and ourselves. The pressure of keeping our promises to make this year the best Christmas ever is on. Everywhere we go, we feel that pressure squarely on our shoulders. Stores start with Christmas in July sales, and soon the television joins in showing Christmas movies where all ends perfectly, the whole world is beautifully decorated with Christmas trimmings, Santa is everywhere, and all the wishes come true. So much pressure!

Sometimes we ask where is Jesus? What about God’s promise of an “All is well with me Christmas”? Take heart; the promises are right here in this scripture. Psalm 85:1-2 speaks of God’s favor on us. It is well with me and my house, my state, my nation and our world. All is well. God has freed the captives.

Still, people can be captives of their own minds, hearts and souls; there are so many who suffer and they come with various faces. My heart is with children and youth who need hope, some who have no place to go. Here in southwest Georgia, God has given hope to some of these captives.

Christmas at Vashti Center in Thomasville may not have been mentioned in this month’s issue of Southern Living magazine, but it should have been. Hope in action is far more beautiful than any holiday scene! Angry hurting children and youth arrive at the center and realize they have come to a place of change -- a haven with warm beds and food. Most of all they feel the peace of God and that starts turning their lives around, turning them away from anger and pain and the voices in their heads that tell them “all is not well with me.” God’s salvation is realized through the individual children and youth Vashti supports and sponsors. We see them blossom! One sings in a Christmas program, one plans to go to college, one speaks to civic groups for the Vashti cause and ALL are loved by the caregivers, staff and volunteers and experience God’s love through us.

United Methodist Women all over the United States help organizations like Vashti Center to be special places for children and youth at Christmas. Psalm 85:12 says, “Yea the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.” And we help God provide year-round love to children and youth, and a special Christmas promise that “all is well.”

For us the pressure is off! God continues to assure us that Jesus is the reason for this wonderful season of giving, of showing a love that only He could give and the forgiveness that He also gave us in Psalm 85:2: “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin.”

All is well. Merry Christmas!


Ellen Jeter, Southwest Georgia’s Spiritual Growth Coordinator and a board member of the Vashti Center.

 

Posted or updated: 12/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

Advent 2017

December 3: First Sunday of Advent
December 10: Second Sunday of Advent
December 17: Third Sunday of Advent
December 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve
January 6: Epiphany


Contact the Spiritual Growth Office:

Alisha L. Gordon, M.Div.
Executive for Spiritual Growth

e-mail agordon@unitedmethodistwomen.org
phone 212-870-3905



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