Christ brings God’s rule, O Zion; he comes from heaven above.
His rule is peace and freedom, and justice, truth, and love.
Lift high your praise resounding, for grace and joy abounding.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.
– Stanza 2 from “Prepare the way, O Zion” by Frans Mikael Franén, 1812
Many people feel animosity toward the Church (the institution) because so many churches (congregations of people) are hypocritical in their actions. Some may preach the Gospel of peace and love, and talk about helping the poor and needy, yet they may they may not practice what they preach. It is so easy to judge other people for their lack of ability to exemplify exactly what they believe. But following Christ is a journey, and we humans will never be able to perfectly live up to the life Christ calls us to. It is with faith, diligence, meditation, and in a community of supporters and believers that we may more fully become what Christ calls us to be. This Advent, think about how you might be a more faithful follower of Christ. Let the hope of the coming of Emmanuel (God is with us) bring a new vigor for your faith and commitment to God’s word!