Advent Devotional for December 5th

The Angel Visits Zechariah

14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. 16 He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient tot he wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

This text is encouraging to me because God’s plan was always to send a savior to us to rescue us from our sin. God always knew that John the Baptist would be filled with the Holy Spirit, power, and drive to show the world the joy and hope that comes from believing and following God. It also encourages me to never give up and to be passionate about things God puts on our hearts, even when it doesn’t seem like we’re making an impact. It reminds me that God’s plan always comes true even if it doesn’t fit our original timeline. This text has inspired me to pray to God about a cause or charity I could get involved in so that I can make a difference in the local community just like Jesus did in so many desperate people’s lives. It has shown me that God has a calling for all God’s people and that he knows we can make a difference in our communities if we stay passionate.

-Kourtney Christiansen

Pontormo, Nativity of Saint John the Baptist 1526, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, oil on panel desco de parto diameter of 48 cm

Grace and Peace, 

As we enter the Advent season, we begin our wait  for the coming Messiah. This year’s devotional offers a daily passage of scripture and a reflection written by a member of our congregation.  I am so grateful to all those who contributed and worked on this project.  It is our intention that these daily devotionals become a way to connect with our church and our Creator in meaningful ways. 

I hope this devotional book becomes a part of your daily Advent celebration and study.   While Advent is a time of waiting and preparation, it is also a time of change and beginning of something new. God turned the world upside down when God sent Christ into the world.  So we encourage you to think of Advent as a time of comfort and joy but also a chance to see the world and God’s word anew as we wait on Emmanuel – God with us.  

Robert Galloway
Associate Pastor for Christian Formation

 

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