Hope helps us to return
Every year before our two major holy days in the church year, Christmas and Easter we have intentional seasons preceding them that are centered upon introspection and reflection and preparation. Like the stories shared about the people in the bible, we too need to return to God. We too need to examine our lives and take time to change and turn more fully toward God. We too need to remember in the greatest consumer season of the secular world that we are called to put God first in our lives.
We have a different message in this place during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is a message grounded in hope, peace, joy and love. It reminds us that we have a specific calling to be the body of Christ in a broken and fragile world.
And so we enter into the story today and we join with Josiah and the people of his time, in hearing God’s call to come back. We join in the process of renewal and transformation that comes from being in community that is centered upon the Word of God.