Support Others

Read: Matthew 1:18-25

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (v. 23)

The giant sequoia tree is one of the largest tree species in the world, often reaching almost 300 feet tall. However, their roots run very shallow. Sequoias grow in groves, and their roots intertwine, so when strong winds blow, the trees hold each other up. It’s a beautiful picture of mutual support. They can grow that tall because they support each other.

Mary was called by God to do something incredible, but so was Joseph, who was called to support and protect her. They probably felt isolated, yet they weren’t alone. An angel, a cousin, shepherds, wise men. And of course, more than anyone else, God was with them. “‘They shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means God with us)” (v. 23).

When we choose to follow God’s call, we aren’t alone either. One of the treasures of the Christian life is what the New Testament calls koinōnia, which means “fellowship, communion, participation.” I know a lovely older woman who, every week, studies the “Prayer Concerns” page of the Sunday worship bulletin and makes a plan to personally support every person named—a card or a note, a phone call, a visit. She even delivers fresh-baked bread. What a transforming effect this simple ministry has had on the congregation! What could you do to support someone today? —Lou Lotz

Today’s Activity: Send a Christmas card to someone who needs your support. You can find a printable card to color at www.woh.org/AdventCalendar.

About the Author

Lou Lotz

Rev. Lou Lotz is a recently retired Reformed Church pastor. Lou and his wife Mary Jean live in Hudsonville, Michigan.

This entry is part 18 of 26 in the series Waiting with Joy