Devotion for the Second Week of Advent

Each week of this Season of Advent, I am sending you a devotion that I have found meaningful in my own contemplation during this season of waiting….waiting for safety of vaccinations, waiting to get back together with family, waiting to worship with our beloved faith community.
It is not easy to wait…that is one of the messages in the Scriptures of this Advent Season.  In the Gospels’ stories of Jesus’s birth….the joy of waiting for his birth is complicated by the realities of cultural expectations, political tensions and societal norms that Mary and Joseph must navigate, too.  Being human and being faithful to God has never been easy.   Yet the true message of Advent is that we CAN expect God to show up!  An earnest prayer is that we recognize it when it happens each day!
The message of the Christmas story remains: God is with us–not entering a perfect world that had been “cleaned up and readied” but God arrives into the messiness and struggle of community on Earth.  May we receive him with all the love and joy and care that we would receive a beloved child–the very apple of our eye. 
Walk in beauty, hope and faith,
Pastor Sue


Devotion for First Week of Advent

Read: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

The result is that you aren’t missing any spiritual gift while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. (1 Corinthians 3:7)

For many of us, this first week of Advent is filled with thoughts of want. What do the kids want for Christmas? How about our coworkers? And someone has probably asked you if there is anything you want for Christmas. Do you have an answer?

This season of gift giving and receiving can become stressful. And this year, it seems even more so.

Since the global pandemic has many of us staying home this Christmas rather than traveling to visit relatives and friends, we have to build in extra time to ship our gifts. That means even less time to do all the shopping and that we will miss out on the best part—watching the people we love open our gifts.

As our presents are expressions of love for friends, relatives, coworkers and others, your spiritual gifts are an expression of God’s affection for you. Today’s reading reminds us that God’s gifts are extravagant. “You aren’t missing any spiritual gift while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed,” we’re told.

In this season of waiting God invites us into an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus. And you aren’t missing any spiritual gift you need for that.

During this first week of Advent, reflect on how God loves and has gifted you. What gifts do you have (explore them here)? How do they remind you of God’s love for you? How will you go deeper this Christmas and into the new year?

Prayer: Thank you, O God, for inviting me into a growing relationship with you and for giving me every gift I need. Amen.

Activity: As you wrap a gift this week, whisper a prayer of thanks for the gifts you have already received from God.

*Provided by Joe Iovino Director, Member Content for United Methodist Communications. Contact him by email.

This devotion was published on November 27, 2020.


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