Advent | Day 14
Saturday, December 10
- Psalms 32, 42, 43
- Haggai 2.1-9
- Revelation 3.1-6
- Matthew 24.1-14
It is that time of the semester when, as students, we are panicked about the exams we have just taken or the ones to come in the next few days. Were all of my answers correct? Did I study enough?
As we all prepare for the exchanging of gifts in the coming of days many of us are panicking because we have not finished out the shopping list of gifts for our loved ones. It happens every year. I find myself struggling at the last minute for something special to give to those I love and care for and cannot think of one simple thing that will express how much I care for them. How can that be? I love them very much but how much should I spend on them? I want to see their face light up the moment that open their gift but will the gift I choose have that effect on them?
The fears and concerns that we often have this time of year over trivial matters often overshadow the hope, joy, peace, and love that we are called to recognize during the season of Advent. This is not the first time that anyone has pointed this out either. We hear it in some form or another every year.
In Haggai we find that the prophet Haggai has sent a message from the Lord telling the people to rebuild the temple that has been destroyed. As time moves forward the people become discouraged and fearful of the work being done and the Lord says to them, “take courage, all you people of the land . . . work, for I am with you” (v. 4). The Lord continues in verse 5 saying, “My spirit abides among you; do not fear.” The people have been called to replace their fear with joy as God is working among them in a way that no one can measure.
As we continue to fear the days ahead with our many lists and tasks to complete we can recognize the joy and peace that we find at this time of year. We are challenged to recognize the joy that the Savior has brought into our lives and the peace that we can find in that; a joy and peace that calm us and humble us during this Advent season.
Senior, Christian Leadership Major
You can access an online version of the 2011 Advent Guide (presented annually be Belmont’s School of Religion) at: http://issuu.com/office.communications/docs/2011_advent_guide#download