Pastor Matt’s Musing

December 4, 2020

Church News, Community Ministry

Dear Church Friends and Family,

“Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.”

(Isaiah 40:1)

God is quite familiar with suffering.  Whether it was the suffering of his people while enslaved in Egypt, or their suffering under corrupt kings, or most poignantly, the suffering of God’s Son at the hands of the Romans, God has had an up close and personal experience with suffering.  For some of us, this type of message might seem like a strange one for Christmas, however, as we are working our way deeper into Advent the God who is familiar with our suffering is balm to many a weary soul.  

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, much of society is preparing as best as it can for the Christmas Season.  The days are being counted down, trees are trimmed, homes decorated, sales and shopping, and even reimagined Christmas parties and family gatherings.  Yet, in the church the Christmas Season is a ways off, not to begin until December 25th.  Advent is a different type of season.  It’s a time of watching and waiting to see how God will enter our world.  It’s a time to take stock of one’s life; a time to think about relationships.  It’ a time to give thanks, but also a time to repent life’s mistakes and even grieve losses.  

For an Advent people like us, it’s a very good thing that we have a God who not only understands us, but suffers alongside of us.  The prophet Isaiah imagines a powerful God who will come down not to conquer us, but to gather us up like a shepherd gathers his sheep.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Jesus Christ’s life it is that we aren’t spared suffering, but gathered, nurtured, healed, and eventually resurrected for a new life, a life with God and with one another for all eternity.  A life where suffering and pain has no more power over creation.

May you sense our Savior’s presence in your life; in your suffering, grief, confessing, and living each day.  Blessings and peace to you.  And as always, please call me if you need anything.  My number is 814-279-5504.

Advent Blessings,

Pastor Matt


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One Comment on “Pastor Matt’s Musing”

  1. Rev. Ray Brown Says:

    Thank you Pastor Matt. for the reassuring words for these prolonged & uncertain times.
    From people who experienced first hand from a 2019 flu death.
    Blessings to you, your ministry and your household.
    In faith.
    Ray & Louise


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