I’m eager to see many of you in-person and online this Sunday as we look to the Lord together once again—for comfort and correction, nourishment and strength. In challenging days like these, the world is quick to offer hope by rallying people around common causes and interests, but as God’s people, citizens of his kingdom, we have one Banner and a lasting one at that. It’s a privilege to gather around the eternal throne of grace while others rise and fall. I find myself thinking about that often.
Our text this Sunday is Luke 2:22–40, a little “Christmas in July” if you like! In this narrative about Jesus’ dedication at the temple, two older saints recognize that the child in their midst is the fulfillment of a promise that has defined their entire lives. Can you imagine waiting a lifetime for something you’ve wanted more than life itself only to find it (him!) sitting right in front of you? It’s a beautiful picture of the Christian life and a reminder that God’s people should be marked by hope.
I’m looking forward to walking through this text with you on Sunday!