Scripture: 2 Peter 3:8-15
8But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.
9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. 14Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.
This set is from my home, a gift from Nanette Rodgers during my first year at First Pres, its petite size allows it to be displayed throughout the year, carrying the joy and promise of Christmas with me all year long.
Christ, we stand in the busy median of life, with all the demands, lists and business of this season rushing in one direction and the worries, concerns, and needs of the world dashing in the other. Allow us to be rooted here, in this moment to truly open our hearts to Christ; may he show up in our midst, with patience and the assurance of salvation. Gracious Lord, may it be so. Amen.