Wednesday, Nov. 30    Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

from Charles Cochran, First Christian Church, Charleroi, PA:

The apostle Paul gives expression to the longing of a pastor’s heart – a longing which, on the best days, echoes the love and longing of Jesus for all of his large, sometimes-unruly flock.

That love and that flock transcend time and place. The Church reaches out from the first days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, through the present day and then beyond. Jesus loves all of his Church – past, present, and future – with a divine love that was, and is, and is to come.

You and I yearn to see Jesus’ return in glory. But Jesus yearns to see you even more. He pines for you the way Paul pined for the church in Thessalonica. They were Paul’s “glory and joy;” so it is with Jesus and the whole Church.  The story that begins with the birth of a baby boy in Bethlehem will be completed with the reunion of Jesus with the Church Triumphant. Jesus yearns for this day even more than you do. It will be joyous indeed!

Sweet Lord, help me to be as patient as you are as I await your return.  Amen.