Advent | Day 24
Tuesday, December 20
- Psalms 66, 67, 116, 117
- 1 Samuel 2:1b-10
- Titus 2.1-10
- Luke 1.26-38
“For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling” (Psalm 116.8). What an incedibly hopeful time Christmas is! Our Father chose to declare war for our hearts by sending us Jesus Christ. Rather than becoming distant from God’s adulterous creation, God came after us, came for us, came to usin the flesh. God saw God’s people suffering, and sent a precious part of who God is to serve as the very vehicle for our redemption and renewal. What is more beautiful, more hopeful, more loving that that?
In the most extraordinary act of pursuing love, God not only offered atonement for our sins but new life in abundant, intimate relationship. The sweetest present of all, Jesus gave us access to His presence. Do not miss an opportunity to embody all the hope of Jesus to those you encounter, especially in this Christmas season; be aware of the lost hearts in class, in grocery store lines, in the neighborhood. Do something costly. Be bold. Do all things in love. Do not fear. Arise, and let your light shine, for He has come, and so has His glory, alive within you! Let’s make this Christmas season a gift to God’s heart. Christmas can often be a holiday of mere sentiment, but as Bob Goff said, ”I love that Christmas isn’t an event; it’s an invitation. We get to be Christmas; we don’t need to just celebrate it.” Christ came to seek and to save the lost, to bring sons and daughters home. In this Christmas season, may we embody our Fathers heartbeat on earth, and see that indeed, “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory” (1 Samuel 2.8)
Happy birthday to Immanuel . . . God with us. I’m so thankful for the Love that makes all things new and never fails, that casts out all fear and conquers all. Praise You Jesus—to You be all the glory!
Junior, Religion and the Arts 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