Fifth week of a 6-week series called, Promises Unfold. In this series, we explore stories from the Major and Minor Prophets. This week, we look at the prophet Joel. Today’s scripture is typically heard on Ash Wednesday, at the beginning of the Lenten season, a time of repentance, fasting and reflection. Yet, today we hear these words in the season of Advent as we eagerly await the birth of Jesus. Joel calls us to reprioritize and turn back to our personal and intimate relationship with God. A relationship glowing in grace and love. It is only because of the character of our God that we have this possibility of turning and transformation and finally of standing in the day of the LORD. And it is because of God’s very character that God dwells with us in the birth of a tiny infant.