Have you ever wished you were present during the days of Jesus on earth? How amazing it must have been to have been in the crowd that welcomed Jesus that first Palm Sunday. How stirring! How amazing!
Do we recognize how amazing it is that Jesus still comes to us -- not driving down our streets but coming to us in Word and Sacrament?
We'll talk about it on Sunday: "Blessed is He Who Comes." Read Mark 11:1-11 ahead of time.
Sadly for many today Christmas has become a secular holiday. A recent poll showed only about half of the people surveyed celebrate Christmas as a religious festival.
But if we fail to see Christ in Christmas, if we think of the holiday as only a warm, fuzzy season of family, friends and giving, we will have lost more than just a religious, once-upon-a-time relic. We will have lost the meaning of sin and grace, and the need for a Savior from sin. But if by God's grace we still believe in sin, then we will also rejoice in God's gift of a Savior. This Sunday let's renew our hearts and remind ourselves that "Christmas is Forever."
The doctor says sadly, "It's out of my hands. There's nothing more I can do."
Congress passes laws we don't like. We're helpless to do anything about it. Complaining doesn't help.
We wonder if that's the way it is always and everywhere. If it's out of our hands, is it out of God's hands, too? It may seem that way. We need to be reminded by the great acts of God in history that "God Is In Control."