Scripture: Amos 8:1–14 (Today’s Readings)
Christians speak of three comings of Christ: in the flesh in Bethlehem, in glory at the end of time, and daily in our lives. Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration when Jesus of Bethlehem arrived. Advent preparation moments also can and should happen daily in our lives — setting aside quiet times to listen for God’s direction and guidance as we prepare to make decisions and choices.
The entire Bible speaks of God’s gift of freedom. Often however, we — as individuals, and institutions to which we belong, and even nations — can move in directions which would not be pleasing to God. God wants for us a life which is secure, prosperous, happy, and healthy — elements of His Kingdom here on earth.
As we prepare for the Bethlehem birthday of Christ into this world, let us also daily take time away from the world to listen to God’s plan for our lives.
Prayer: Father, find for us daily time to free ourselves of our worldly toils and tasks in order to listen for Your voice and direction. Amen.
Contributed by Robert G. Mayer Jr., Elder
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Artwork: Detail of No Between © Jan L. Richardson. janrichardson.com. Inspired by Isaiah 64:1: “O that You would tear open the heavens and come down … .”