It’s sometimes hard to put words to, but at our deepest levels, to be human is to long for something, not a day, an event, or a thing, but something outside of ourselves. In our best attempts the words we might use to describe this longing are hope, love, joy, or peace. This season of Advent, these weeks leading up to Christmas, are a time to sit in that longing, to live it, to feel it, to experience and reflect on what it really is we desire— and in sitting with and in this longing we might find on Christmas Eve that our longing has arrived—that our longing is “With us.”
Joseph chose to stay with Mary after she had become pregnant out of wedlock—a demonstration of great love. In the season of Advent we wait for the one who is love to be birthed into the world. We all long for love. We all need love. Love saves us—love brings us out of darkness—love diminishes fear—love rejects the spiritual forces of wickedness, and love resists evil, injustice, and oppression in all the ways they present themselves.
Small Group Questions: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Week 2: Longing for Love
- In reading Matthew 1:18-25 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
- Dig deeper into the experience of Joseph. Do you think this is the situation he was longing for?
- Talk about a time where something unexpected happened outside of your plan for your life that ended up being better than you imagined?
- How has your understanding of love changed over time? How has God changed the way you love?
- How can you reveal Emmanuel (God With Us) through the way you love?
Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
During this advent season, we invite you to take the next step of discipleship by giving out of love to your community. Find a way to serve or pick a cause to support as a group. One way you can do this is by participating in our Blessings of Christmas Event on December 18. We will deliver fruit baskets and sing carols for homebound members. Contact Pam Stoker (email@example.com) for more information.