It is always thrilling to feel the presence of God. There are few things that can rival the incredible joy of a moment filled with the surety that God has captured our complete attention. Indescribably invading our senses we are left stunned.
This must be one of the reasons we observe the mighty fight of faith ongoing in faraway, dangerous regions. These Christ-followers seem to hold on without wavering. And the faithful know whom they are following, why they are following and where they are going. There is no agenda to their belief system other than to walk with the Lord, their Savior and most trusted friend, on life’s everyday path. Glorious glimpses of God have invaded in such fullness that turning away is unthinkable. They pray and have courage. We should too. Our nagging doubts, which pervade everyday thoughts, have a unique ability. They are able to lead us to remembrances of times past when God touched us, thereby offering a rekindling of Spirit and resolve. If repressed, forgotten and agreed upon nagging doubts win by illusion. Reflecting upon those treasured ‘Holy Spirit moments’ diffuse doubts and encourage faith, often resulting in stories to be passed along throughout the generations.
Sermon by The Rev. Dr. Brett Cane, Parish of Central Saanich, British Columbia, January 3, 2016 Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12
Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, out of your love for the whole world, you sent us your Son, Jesus, to be our Saviour; help us now, by your Holy Spirit, to grasp the truth that Jesus is for everyone, and so embrace a global vision for your Kingdom, to the honour and glory of your name. Amen.
“Keep Calm and Carry On” is quite a recognizable image seen on posters and tee-shirts these days. “Keep calm”…hmm… “carry on”…ah, yes!
‘PopPop’, my dear father-in-law, said time and again: “now is the time”. And now is the time. Advent is here and Christmas is coming. A holiest of seasons. People have started asking me if I’m ready for Christmas. Am I? I’ve put up one decoration so far and my mailbox is covered with a nativity scene. A Christmas pillow rests on the rocking chair. So, not really what you’d call ready.
However, we can be prepared because the God of Israel who sent his Son to be born in the most humble of conditions showed us His love. He taught us a different way to be ready, to keep calm, to carry on. He showed us through Jesus, born of a virgin in a stable, during a most unsettling time