Advent Devotions

Thursday, December 24

Isaiah 9:2-7
I’ve always savored the near-coinciding of Christmas and the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice. The darkest day and the coming of the Light. At what other time of year are we in more need of that light? The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Oh, how we need that light. We are sunk blue-low with hopelessness. Like the days, our spirits wane. Sometimes it’s funky brain chemistry and a barren landscape that bring on the melancholy. Sometimes it’s the news feeds and newspapers that leave us in despair. Will the clouds ever break? Will the sun ever return?

You just wait:

those who lived in a land of deep darkness—

on them a light has shined!

Oh, yes, those clouds are breaking. Yes, that sun will soon be blazing. All at once, the light will come.

And that Light, shining in the darkness, will never go out. The darkness will never overcome him. Praise the Lord.

Prayer: My soul waits for you, Lord, more than those who watch for the morning. Your light is on the horizon. A new day is dawning! A day when you will dwell with us, now and forever. Come soon, Lord Jesus!

The Advent devotions follow the Common Lectionary texts. You may use the devotions in a number of ways, but you are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Read the passage through at least once. (Each devotion includes a link to the Scripture passage for the day.)
  2. Reflect on the passage and pay attention to how God might be using it to speak to you.
  3. Read and consider the devotion.
  4. End in prayer. You may begin with the prayer offered at the end of each devotion or pray your own prayer.

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