Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, December 3, 2018

Outlasting the Energizer Bunny


The Christmas season. So much to do! Extra responsibilities to deal with. It is easy to become exhausted by it all. Last Sunday, on the first Sunday of Advent we were thinking about “Looking Down the Road.” (sermon here). On the second Sunday of Advent we'll be thinking about about Isaiah 40:1-11, and taking as a theme “Outlasting the Energizer Bunny.”

My adapted version of Isaiah 40 verse 8 reads; "The Grass Withers, the flower fades, the energizer bunny eventually runs out of gumption; but the Word of our God will stand for ever."

Our mortality cannot be avoided. The clock keeps ticking. Even the energizer bunny has a battery that eventually dies. How do we build stuff into our lives that has a lasting quality? Here's a few suggestions gleaned from Isaiah's words of wisdom.
Welcome life’s seasons. We are all just passing through this life. We need to make the most of every step of the journey. Embrace every stage of life for what it is! Each season carries its own special beauty. Every day brings its particular challenges. We recharge our batteries by acknowledging that “This is the day that the Lord has made."
Build on God’s Word. According to Isaiah the only thing that really lasts for ever is not the Energizer bunny, but the Word of God. There is all sort of stuff we can build our hopes on, but a lot of it ultimately leaves us flat. When we seek to apply the principles of God’s Word to our daily lives then it really makes a difference.

If we seek for our lives to be molded by the teaching of the One, who came to us as a baby in a stable in Bethlehem all those centuries ago, then we are allowing principles and forces and dynamics, with eternal reverberations, to shape who we are and what our life will be and where our lives will take us.
Accept the empowering of the Holy Spirit. We are not called to make this journey alone. Jesus promised His disciples that He would send His Holy Spirit to be their helper and their guide. We fall and fail time after time. By God’s love we are forgiven and renewed. By God’s Spirit our batteries are recharged and... we… saved by grace through faith… can outlast energizer bunnies!

For some music, the Advent Carol “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” sung by Red Mountain Music.

Prayer: "
Lord in this season of Advent we can become over tired and down hearted. Our strength and patience can run out. Help us to take the time to build into our lives the eternal principles of Your Word and to turn to You for the renewing power of Your Holy Spirit to refresh and renew our lives for Your Service." Amen.
 
Rev Adrian J Pratt B.D

2 comments:

  1. May you and ourfriends at Mt Hebron enjoy the blessings of Advent. So many want to rush into Christmas and forego the opportunity to experience the anticipation of the Chosen people as they waited for the arrival of the Messiah.

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    1. Many Thanks. And every blessing to you and yours!

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