“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered, nor
will they come to mind.” – Isaiah 65:17
Friday, November 18 was a gorgeous day with unseasonably warm temperatures and a sunny sky! But Saturday! The bottom fell out! The temperature plummeted, the winds blew, and snow was stinging the face! Michigan weather in November is dicey! The whole state was like a wind tunnel. With the memories of the demise of the Edmund Fitzgerald’s fate in 1975, I prayed there were no freighters on any of the Great Lakes!
Unlike Michigan weather, change doesn’t always come quickly in the human heart. For this season of Advent and Christmas we are going to follow the favorite holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens. This beloved tale has been recast in many ways but remains at the top of the list for traditional story telling during this blessed season of the year. Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly, bitter old
man, was transformed into a gentle, kind-hearted old soul. It took a long night and some ghostly visitors but the change in his heart was complete! Comparatively speaking, his change of heart was as fast as Michigan weather, in contrast to what most of us experience.
However, this is the season filled with the promises of change! Woven into the fabric of the Prophet Isaiah’s messianic messages are the reminders that change is coming, as he spoke of “new heavens and a new earth.” It won’t be by the visitation of ghosts, but rather by the miraculous work of God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God came upon Mary and the power of God overshadowed her as the Christ child was conceived, (Luke 1:35). And with the Advent of Christ that same Spirit is ready to visit all who are ready for change in their hearts and lives. It won’t be the same for everyone. For some it may take more than one “visit;” and for some the wind of the Spirit will quickly bring change. Whatever the case, like our friend, Scrooge, we can all experience an incredible change of heart and life through the blessed work of God’s Spirit of change!
God Bless us—Every One!