Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 Turn to a merciful God, promise of the Spirit.
As we look at our world, as we have throughout this year, and even decade, or maybe century, we often wonder along with the Psalmist, “How long, O Lord?” At times, we wonder how long God will put up with us, or if not us, them.
Joel, on the other hand, takes another view. Joel, as a prophet, asserts that it is never too late. It is never too late for us to repent. It is never too late for God receive us. We, on the other hand, often believe we are too far gone, or that they are too far gone. We struggle, excluding ourselves or our neighbors from the possibility of God’s love and grace.
As we await the birth of the Child, the savior of the world, the prince of peace, the Redeemer, how important is it for us to keep hope alive? How important is it for us to believe and proclaim that God is ever faithful? As we move ever closer to the birth of the child, how important is it for us to hear that God is always moving with us and to us?