Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

The joy of serving others witnessed by this person’s face captured my attention. The joy of the Holy Spirit alive within produces a glowing radiance in you and me. In Philippians 4:13, the apostle Paul writes “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Does this mean I will be able to play quarterback as well as does Patrick Mahomes II?” Somehow, I don’t think that’s God’s will for me. One of the things it does mean is something we reflect on during Advent. Whenever we wait on Christ in the darkness, our redeemer draws near and our strength is renewed. And in our personal ministry of presence in the suffering of others, we can learn to walk and not faint. Through Christ we can find meaning in the darkness. Through Christ we can endure. And this produces a joy which comes from enduring those very things which would overwhelm us absent the work and love of the Holy Spirit.