Nov 30, 2015

A Force Will Awaken - 1st Sunday in Advent Devotion

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin for 29 Nov 2015.

Gospel Reading
Luke 21:25-36
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 And He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”


Devotion:  Are you ready for Christmas? 
I have to admit it, I am always excited about the time around Thanksgiving and leading up to Christmas. I like the weather, the music, the lights, decorations and the way most folks seem to be friendlier (or at least working at it!). Unfortunately, recent world events are intruding into Advent preparations. I personally want to be thinking about baby Jesus and the story of the wise men and yet it seems every day some fearful things are going on in the world. Luke’s message here is strangely appropriate for this first Sunday in Advent 2015. I think he’s saying when you see these terrible things, do not be afraid -- these things are a sign that there is good news coming for those who live in His kingdom. Just conduct your lives in such a manner that you are ready to meet Him. Now we are in the season of Advent and we will soon celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Are you ready?

CLV prayer: “Lord help us understand and celebrate Your message of Advent.  Amen”
Blessings to you.
Joe