But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone to preach?
A weary world rejoices because there is hope! I have been practicing being grateful and offering words of thanksgiving throughout the day in my prayers. I am fairly certain it has lifted those clouds of gray that at times during the day sneak in with doubt and fear. As the practice of offering thanks to God for even the basic things continues, it will set a habit of being grateful that will persist even when times get tough. How? With the hope that we have when we believe that Jesus has already won the victory of life over death, and grace over sin.
As we enter into Advent, and this year it's on the shorter side,many of us will start the season with long lists of what we need to do, to buy, to set up, and to cook. Can we make a list of all that we can be thankful for too? Can we schedule in some time to reach out to someone and invite them to church? When I reflect on this above scripture, I am reminded of the many people who remain unaware of the love that Jesus has for them. "How beautiful are the hands and feet of those who bring the good news!" (Romans 10: 15)