Third Sunday in Advent: Finding Jesus

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Third Sunday in Advent: Finding Jesus

Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t suppress the Spirit. Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. Avoid every kind of evil. Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.
  –1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

 “I found Jesus! I found Jesus!” Our 3-year-old great-granddaughter yelled at the top of her lungs.

“Oh dear,” I thought. “She’s playing church and she’s a Pentecostal. Her parents (who are of another denomination) will not be happy with me.

“Look, Grandmother! He was in the toy box!” The tiny, terra cotta Jesus, so precious to her as a 2-year-old that she had taken it from the Nativity set and put him in a place special to her, was cradled in her outstretched hands. “I found Jesus.” What a witness!

Where did I put my Jesus? Do I remember to look for Him? Do I wait for Him to come this Advent or do I forget Him altogether in the midst of the season’s activity?

While we’re waiting another week for the actual celebration of the arrival of God’s Son, before we lay the Baby Jesus back in the feed trough, before we attend Christmas Eve services at our churches, we can rejoice and pray that we know where to look for Jesus. We can give thanks in every situation because that is God’s promise in Christ Jesus. We have been blessed. Even though we don’t have enough money to buy all the presents we want or give all the cash we’d like to give to those on the corners, we see the beauty and the excitement in our world. We find what makes our faces shine. We embrace Spirit-inspired messages by dancing in place or lifting our hands in praise or shouting that we found Jesus! Or by sitting quietly in a moment of Sabbath enjoying our confidence in the knowledge that Lord Jesus Christ whose coming we celebrate is already with us. He is here to help us avoid evil, the evil of temptation to spend too much, to want too much, to do too much. He may lead us to our toy boxes to find what we didn’t know we lost. May we find Jesus in this season of Advent.

Prayer: O Lord, may we be reminded through the words of the psalmist that You have done great things for each of us and we are overjoyed. May our mouths be suddenly filled with laughter and joyful shouts because You have done great things for us! Amen.  –from Psalm 126

Glenna Kyker Brayton is a member of the United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group, Rocky Mountain Conference.

Posted or updated: 12/15/2017 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

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Alisha L. Gordon, M.Div.
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