This Is Us

The popular television series, “This Is Us,” is all about relationships and how those relationships intertwine and affect each others’ lives in both positive and negative ways.

Each episode is about how something or someone in the characters' past lives that still impacts their present lives. 

The show has a unique way of pulling you into their story.

You watch This Is Us, and you will get emotionally invested. It will make you cry and smile at the same time.

Some of their actions are fairly predictable because “This Is Us,” is very much like us.

One thing is for sure; everyone on the show is emotionally and relationally damaged. Everyone is part of the dysfunction. More than 12 million people tune in every week to watch it.

Why? Because most of us identity with the dysfunction of the show. We see ourselves in their stories. We see our pain in their stories. We see our loss and grief in their loss and grief. We see our mistakes in their mistakes. It’s called LIFE.

The problem with us keeping the focus on our dysfunction is that we could easily miss what Christmas is all about. We could easily miss why Jesus came in the first place. We could easily miss the real reason why we celebrate the birth of a savior.

The antidote to “This Is Us” is found in Isaiah 9:6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

I hope you join us this Friday at Encounter for the kickoff of our Christmas series, “This Is Us.”

We are going to learn how to not miss and experience the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace during this Christmas Series.


Be Blessed and Encouraged

Bill Rieser

Encounter Pastor