December 30, 2018

Sunday after Christmas

Passage: 1 Samuel 2:18-20 26, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52

It happened to Samuel, it happened to Jesus; Paul tells the Colossians what it truly means to grow in wisdom and favor with God. To be mature in Christ is to be clothed in compassion, to be filled with love and kindness, and to be ready with forgiveness and patience. What great fodder for New Year’s resolutions! As we face the hopes and fears for the coming year, we are reminded of the true gift of Christmas: the birth of love in our lives. To grow in compassion and kindness is to grow in the wisdom of God.