I usually write and submit my blogs several weeks before they appear. That means that sometimes things burst upon the national or international scenes after a blog for a particular week has long been composed. So, what I write is usually somewhat more general than specific, more biblical/psychological than topical/immediate (in the sense of breaking news).
I used to worry more about that than I now do. For starters, publishing dates and deadlines, while not rigidly fixed, cannot be capricious, either. An incredible amount of work goes into the preparation of every week’s bulletin, newsletter, and web site information. To delay submitting one item can cause formatting nightmares for all areas. So, sometimes my blogs are somewhat general … and sometimes specific issues are addressed in what seems like a delayed fashion. Timing is timing, so I no longer worry as I once did.
Furthermore, and of greater importance, I have learned to claim my faith as a blogger. We Christians are about eternal Truths. Thus, when I write of a scriptural Truth or theological reality, it applies to whatever momentary issues arise afterward. It is difficult to imagine topics which are not addressed by David, Jesus, or Paul. Ibuprofen works wonders, I have found, whether the momentary pain is in my neck, head, lower back, or hips. God’s Word works wonders, regardless of the source of immediate discomfort or distress.
So, in this season when we celebrate the Birth of a Savior, let me simply remind you of timeless statements that are, in fact, incredibly timely – and will remain so, whatever things may come. Consider them as they relate to the current moment in your world or your life.
“Unto to us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
“He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the sheep that are with their young.” (Isaiah 40:11)
“You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
“Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)
“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
Wherever you are, whatever you face, this is God’s Word of encouragement and hope for you – this day and every day. Merry Christmas!