December 2: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Long distance relationships can be tough. Whether it’s family, a close friend, or a romantic relationship, we like to be close to the ones we love. Even in these days of texting, face time, and other forms of instant communication, it’s hard to be separated from friends and family.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul mentions several times that he is grateful for the church there and how he longs to visit them. He tells them he prays earnestly night and day that he may get to see them again. He loves them and wants to spend time with them. Paul’s hope is more of a wish. We all have hopes and wishes like that.
The hope we have in God is different. It is not a wish, but a promise! God promises us that the day will come when we will no longer be physically separated from Him or our loved ones who are in Christ. Those Heavenly reunions will be amazing!
The Christmas season is special because we can focus on this HOPE brought to us by a baby boy. Because of His birth, we have the hope of heaven and a heavenly reunion with Him and our loved ones. We have God’s promise that we will never be separated from Him again.
Thank you Lord for making our hopes and wishes into Your promise of the greatest reunion ever.