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  • Writer's pictureMonica Walton

God is Faithful - Let us be Faithful

Updated: Jan 13

Happy Advent !!!

This is the Season of waiting, watching, and preparing for the coming of the Lord.

I saw four new words on the wall today:


Those are great words for the Advent Season. I left church Sunday morning feeling very joyful and hopeful, with great confidence that this is going to be a wonderful Advent! But later that evening, I watched some news programs and was left feeling discouraged, sad, and a little bewildered. There is so much violence showing up in our world. It is causing detrimental effects on the victims and their families, and it brings harm to viewers even though we are are not directly impacted.

Where can we see God in these? I want Him to make us all better. Don't you?

The words of the Prophet Isaiah are very applicable.

Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways ... Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down .... Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways ..... (Isaiah 63)

We don't seem to doing very well. But, God doesn't force us. He gives us the freedom to choose to be better, or not. It's up to us. - God is Faithful -

Those three beautiful, reassuring words in Saint Paul's Letter to the Corinthians caught my full attention. (1Cor 3-9) Addressing all brothers and sisters in Christ, Paul says:

I give thanks to my God always on your account

for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,

that in Him you were enriched in every way,

with all discourse and all knowledge,

as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,

so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift

as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He will keep you firm to the end,

irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is faithful,

and by Him you were called to fellowship with His Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are brothers and sisters in Christ.

The grace of God has been bestowed on us.

In Him we are all enriched.

We are not lacking any spiritual gift.

We are each called to fellowship with God's Son.

- God is Faithful, Let us be Faithful -

Advent is the season of waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Deacon Tony spoke at St. Paul Parish about passive waiting versus active waiting. We are called to wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord. That takes intentional action on our part -- to seek joy, trust in God's love and mercy, live in hope, and help our community do the same.

I have to stop and ask myself, is that how I'm living? Or, am I waiting for the Lord to rescue us?

What is it going to take for us to be better?

How can we help each other more and love each other more, so that there is less violence, less loneliness, less sadness, and less worry in the world?

Are we waiting for the wars to end? or the children to be grown? or to have more money? or when we are less busy and less tired? or when we are older? or for someone else to do the work?

- God is Faithful, Let us be Faithful -

  • We can make the world less violent by being kind to others, even when they act out or say something unkind. Whether a complete stranger or someone you know, they may not be at their best because they are suffering and struggling with something unknown to you. Offer them a gentle smile and a genuine wish for a good day and a prayer of blessing over their life.

  • We can make the world less lonely by reaching out to people who live alone, even though they may not be a recluse, and even if they have extended family. That doesn't mean they don't feel lonely when they are alone. Call and plan a time to visit, it will be a blessing to both of you.

  • We can make the world less sad by talking with each other about the hard things. Too often, people are ashamed, embarrassed, or uncomfortable about discussing their health, marriage, children, finances, and other sensitive topics. But when shared in safe spaces with people we can trust, our burdens become less burdensome. No one's health, relationships, or wealth is perfect. The bad news often comes out after the fact, and our loved ones are shocked and dismayed because they would have worked to help. Let's give and accept the loving support we all need.

  • We can make the world worry less by turning to God and trusting He will save us. We need to believe and share the good news that God is faithful. We need to be faithful by praying with and for each other.

Let us heed the wisdom of Janie in the Modern Day Parable, Before Your Time Comes, in Advent Reflections for This Day, "and not be found sleeping through life as if there will always be another tomorrow." And, follow the example of Jeremiah in Ways Old and New, by seeking Truth and guidance in God's Sacred Word, and helping each other fall deeper in love with Jesus. May we be watchful and alert to God's presence, and the people He places in our path. Little changes can make a big difference.

Remember: God is faithful!

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Dec 07, 2023

Faithful A important word. Without faith there is no hope. Without hope there’s no reason to continue. So be faithful to God, yourself, family and the those around you

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