ADVENT DEVOTIONAL – DEC. 7, 2018

SILENCE AND CENTERING – 2 MINUTES

PRAYER FOR PRESENCE: “LORD MANIFEST YOUR PRESENCE TO US, THAT WE WOULD EXPERIENCE YOUR NEARNESS AND POWER.”

SCRIPTURE: LUKE 3:1-6

DEVOTIONAL:

During Advent we cry, “Prepare the way of the
Lord.” We cry out for something other than the
dysfunction we find within and around us.
By faith and in hope we live in two time zones—
our time of exile now, in the wilderness, and the
time of God’s redemptive future. Even though
we still anticipate our full redemption—and
the redemption of our entire world—our very
anticipation of that redemption is a way of living
in that redemption, even if the stark reality of our
lives and the world around us makes clear that it
has not yet fully arrived.

So our cries are not futile. As we boldly announce
the Lord’s coming, things do happen. The way of
the Lord gets prepared, even in the wilderness.
God uses our cries to prepare us for a tomorrow, a
new heaven and a new earth, that actually is right
here before us—even now.

SPACE FOR REFLECTION:  (WHICH WORD OR PHRASE STANDS OUT TO YOU. WHAT MIGHT GOD BE SAYING TO YOU?)

PRAYER:

Dear Lord, use our Advent cries to prepare us—right
now—to be a palpable sign of your coming among us,
even amid all that counters your truth. Amen.

THE OUR FATHER (SLOWLY PRAY THIS)
OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE. FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, AND THE GLORY FOREVER, AMEN.

2 MINUTES – CONCLUDE WITH SILENCE

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