Advent is a season of quiet moments, pondering, and waiting.  Take a moment.  I know that moments are rare and hard to come by, but please, take this moment.  Take this moment to ponder the things that are most important to you.  I’ll bet that somewhere near the top of all lists are our children, marriage, family, friends, career, and hobbies.  These important things are what make taking a moment so difficult.  We devote our lives to the important persons and things with which we are blessed.

We rush to share our joys and sorrows when things happen to us we deem important.  “Jimmy got an ‘A’ on his spelling test!” you joyfully declare to the world on social media.  But does the world care about Jimmy’s grades as much as you do?  Likely not.  The things we find important at any given moment are not necessarily what those in the world around us will find important.

What is number one on your list?  I know what it should be—the loving gift of the forgiveness of sins and resurrection from the dead that we receive through our Savior, Jesus Christ.  In 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, the Apostle Paul tells us:  For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance:  that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

What a clear Bible passage.  Christ is most important. Through Christ we have it all:  forgiveness of sins, God’s unconditional love, and eternal life.  I know I need God’s forgiveness every minute of every day. The Bible reveals that Christ suffered for every sin of every person of all time.  And why?  So that we could enjoy everlasting life with him in heaven.  Eternity in perfection.  Sign me up!  It is written in clear English in the Scriptures.  But we do not only want to “be aware” of these important gifts.  No.  In the first sentence of the passage above, Paul tells us what he did:  I passed on to you.
We need to share. How many times have you told your children that?  But in Jesus it’s much better than “needing to share”.  Truth is, we WANT to share.  We want to share this life-giving and life-changing truth about our Savior with everyone.  And, if we cannot personally share this wonderful news with everyone, we want to send those who will proclaim it for us.  This Advent season take moments to ponder what is most important to you.  Perhaps our missionaries will receive a higher placement on that list.

Dearest Lord and Savior, we thank you for all of the important, meaningful blessings you have given to each of us in our lives.  Help us take time this Advent season to be especially thankful for the gift that is most important to share, the grace and salvation of our Savior, Jesus.  Help us to remember our missionaries now and throughout the year.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

Debbie Feldhus
Northwest Wisconsin Circuit