December 16th, 2018

Read: PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7 & PSALM 16

Third Sunday In Advent

"Though you do not  now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory." (I PETER 1:8)

REJOICING IN A LIVING HOPE, OR HOPE'S TWIN

Think pink rose! Today is the "joy" Sunday in Advent. Advent purple yields to the color rose. The rose-colored candle is lighted on the Advent wreath in churches and home to remind believers of the joy we have in Jesus Christ. Joy is hope's twin. Yesterday's devotion was peacefully pensive; today's is joyful. (And for you classical music lovers, it also happens to be Beethoven's birthday. He composed the "Ode to Joy", the final movement of his Symphony no. 9).

The apostle Paul wrote the Spirit-beloved words of Philippians 4:4-7 that we enjoy hearing. Always be rejoicing, he says, even when things are sour. In the fellowship of Christ's Church, especially in your local congregation, Christians patiently encourage one another in the most holy faith in Christ. In His holy Word and in His very body and blood in the Holy Supper, out Lord Jesus Christ is coming to us; He is at hand. So pray, praise, and give thanks to Him. Receive His unconditional love, forgiveness of your sins, salvation, life, and "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding." That hope-filled peace of God, life a guardian angel, will keep (guard) your life in Christ Jesus.

"Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of Love (LSB 803:1)!" Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

Home | Our Pastor | HPLC Council | Monthly Message | Lutheran Faith | Weekly Devotional | Weekly Service | Calendar | Events | About HPLC | Contact Us