The Promise is Present Rev. Deborah Perkins “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).” The period between the OT and NT represents 400 years of God’s silence and a time when Israel awaited her new “royal king”, not understanding that she really awaited her “Savior, the King”. It was a time of exile when God seemed remote, aloof and uninvolved. As with Advent, it was a time awaiting the “coming” or the expectation and anticipation of the “breaking in” of Christ to fulfill God’s promise to redeem the children of the Most High unto Himself. During this 2020 season of Advent, I want to remind us simply, that in the midst of this pandemic, protests and politics (and all that they have inflicted upon us), that the Promise is Present! The promise for Israel and the promise for us is Jesus Christ; God has come; God is with us in the world today, and we live in expectation that Christ will come again. In many ways, many feel as though they are living in exile right now - having to choose between continuing to work or staying home and caring for their children; going from successful careers to sitting in three-hour food distribution lines and facing evictions with no immediate options for shelter. The absence of friends and loved ones who once helped bring us so much joy during this season coupled with the inability to gather with our families this year can evoke feelings of loneliness, sadness and exile. But there is Good News! We are not alone when life’s circumstances seek to consume and destroy us God is not some remote being, existing somewhere in the clouds; God is not aloof and unconcerned about God’s children; God is not absent nor missing in action; God is not uninvolved in all that concerns us, but has promised us that He would never leave us or forsake us. Immanuel means “God is with us.” Someone needs to be encouraged and reminded that God is present with us and is continuously “breaking in” to our situations and lives each day. Remember when the teacher called your name during roll call and you answered “here”, or “present? When we call on God, God through God’s Holy Spirit answers ‘present’. God is our very present help in our times of trouble and is right here with us! No difficulty is too hard to overcome; no temptation is too strong to conquer because God is present! Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 4:8 “we may be hard-pressed on every side, but we are not crushed; we are perplexed, but we are not in despair; we may be persecuted, but we are not forsaken; we may be struck down, but we are not destroyed”, because Christ, the promise, is continuously “breaking in” and is always present. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your (God’s) faithfulness (Lam 3: 22-23).” Always expect and anticipate the presence of the Promise because God is always with us
A LITTLE HUMOR WHILE WE ARE SHELTERED-AT-HOME.
Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.
I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom
PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone
This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.
So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?
Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?
I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I'm getting tired of Los Livingroom.
Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended.