Sermon Summary for Sunday, December 18th, 2016 | Respectfully Submitted by Jeff Tindall
"Grace is when God gives us what we don't deserve and mercy is when God doesn't give us what we do deserve."
As we continue to await Christ's arrival on this fourth Sunday of Advent, take a moment to consider Joseph's perspective of the immaculate conception. Imagine how this man would have felt to find out the woman he is engaged to is pregnant before they have consummated their marriage. The new nativity ballet this weekend helped portray the betrayal he might have felt. The powerfully mixed emotions that many of us have felt when we are hurt by the ones we love most. Joseph would have been well within his rights to have had Mary stoned. But instead, he offered to show her mercy and dismiss her quietly so no harm would come to her. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit shared the good news with Joseph so they could raise Jesus together as a family.
Ponder the times you have been on the receiving end of mercy. And the next time you have been wronged, take a moment to consider a gift of mercy.
N.B. A comforting glance can be just as effective as cupcakes to ease a neighbor's soul and it requires much less preparation.