Week 17 Friday

The Days Are Coming

Today’s scripture selection: Jeremiah 22-26

Key verses: Jeremiah 23:5-6

“’The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land…..This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’”

     What are you waiting for?

     It’s a question that gets asked a lot.

     Are you waiting for:

  • Your “ship to come in”
  • Your lottery number to come up
  • Your “Prince Charming” or “Princess Charming” to sweep you off your feet
  • Your chance at the “big time”
  • Your retirement date
  • Your relief from all the stress you’ve been under lately
  • Your opportunity to prove yourself “right” and somebody else “wrong”
  • Your last day of school
  • Your first “real” job
  • Your…whatever…?

We wait all the time – for lots of things.

But the scriptures remind us that one day – one glorious day – there will come the One who will bring justice and peace and new life – to all those who will recognize His sovereignty.

In the church year there is even a season to recognize our desire for this “waiting” to be fulfilled – it’s called Advent – and it leads into the Christmas season, when the coming of Christ is celebrated worldwide.

Yes, we wait for many things – some worthy – some not so worthy.  But waiting for the “Righteous King” – that’s someone worth waiting for.  And as the early Church used to say,

“Come, Lord Jesus – come.”

 

Prayer: Lord, I await your fresh coming into my life, with thankful, hopeful, anticipation.  AMEN.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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