Today’s Scripture Selection: Luke 1:37

“For nothing is impossible with God.”

It’s a wonderful pronouncement from the lips of an angel and I believe it to be true.

In this announcing of the miraculous events that will occur in two women – one very young – one very old – Mary and Elizabeth – the angel points the way to the wondrous work of God.

We usually only talk about it Christmastime but it is something to enjoy every waking day of the year.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”

Of course, it has given the theologians and philosophers among us a fit.

Their questions weigh us down, or we feel the weight as we ask them ourselves:

  • How is this possible?
  • What about when the miraculous intervention for which we have prayed doesn’t occur – at least not the way we want it to occur?
  • What about all the pain and tragedy in the world?
  • Why does a loving God allow such things?
  • Where is the hope in our hopeless world?
  • Isn’t it naïve to believe in such pronouncements – and the angels that bring them?
  • Nothing is impossible – really – nothing?

But, when I am plagued by such questions, I picture the children I have known over the years, and their beautiful childlike faith, and how for them, it does not only seem possible – but the perfectly natural order of things.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”

And suddenly I am calmer and at peace once again.

God Bless the little ones among us and their wonderful faith.

Of such is the kingdom of God.

Prayer: Lord, by your Holy Spirit, may my faith grow daily, to be like that of a little child, for nothing is impossible with you.  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 meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. 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, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. 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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