12/8 Tuesday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/08/20
Savior of the Nations Comes
This is a hymn by Martin Luther, although it is closer to a reworking of an earlier Latin hymn than an original hymn. It echoes many of the ideas found in the Nicene Creed, emphasizing the fact that Christ came to Earth to save us from sin and death.
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
From kindergarten through high school I was blessed to attend parochial schools. I was grateful that my parents sacrificed to give this opportunity to my sister and myself. In addition to receiving a strong academic background, I also was introduced to my foundation in faith.
The nuns and lay teachers at our school stressed the critical discipline of obedience upon my classmates and myself. We were encouraged to understand the virtue of a Christian life and how it was applied. Jesus was offered as our perfect model.
Despite my best efforts, however, I often fell short of ideal and found myself increasingly discouraged at my repeated failings. No matter how hard I tried I came to realize I couldn't achieve the life I desired.
After years of limited progress, I was blessed again. I was studying a book on the qualities of God, and there I found the answer. All these years I had focused on the results of my efforts rather than the results of Christ's efforts. I realized that being a Christian wasn't about being perfect. It was about recognizing that I wasn't.
Pray with us:
Heavenly Father, We thank you for the atoning death of our brother, Jesus Christ. His sacrifice allows us to lead a life of obedience driven by a focus on thankfulness rather than perfection. Amen
(Reflection and Prayer by Ron Weller)