Day 16: Advent, Dwelling Among Us

Love is shown not so much by pitying from afar but walking alongside a sufferer. I was quite young when my family lost a baby, but I still remember several families who cared enough to embed themselves in our lives when we needed them most. They could have sent a card in the mail, but…

Day 15: Feasting on Christ Instead of the World pt 2

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jn. 4:13-14 One of the most inspiring examples of…

Day 14: Advent, Feasting on Christ Instead of the World pt 1

O Christ, he is the fountain The deep spring well of love No streams on earth I’ve tasted More deep I’ll drink above -Rutherford Christmas in America has become little more than a month of feeding idolatry—materialism, appearance, family, food. The very season set aside to feast on Christ has been replaced by the smorgasbord…

Day 13: Advent and Christ’s Return

Have you ever thought of the advent season like a double-sided arrow? You know, like the ones on the hiking trails telling you to keep going to stay on the path? Advent points, both forward and backward because we desperately need reminded of both. We need reminded to look backwards because Christ’s birth, embedded in…

Day 12: Advent, Pandemics and Treasuring Christ

Christmas 2020 is an unusual one for many of us. Large families gatherings are prohibited. Already in November, I’ve heard many older friends say with a sign that they won’t be seeing their children and grandchildren this year. “They’re worried about the virus,” they shake their head. Or, “the family’s not allowed to come this…

Day 11: Advent, Christ make us Joyful

In my daily readings from the Old Testament, I’ve discovered a host of new treasures hidden away. In particular, a phrase from Ezra popped right out at me the other day: “for the Lord had made them joyful” (Ez. 6:22). Not only is celebration a learned discipline of worship, a heart of rejoicing is a…

Day 10: Advent, Learning to Celebrate

“For seven days celebrate the festival to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.” Deut. 16:15 I’ve been rereading the Old Testament in the last…

Day 9: Advent, Expendable for the Kingdom

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.” Luke 1:46-47 She was just a teenager, and her life was already shattered. She had found out she was pregnant—and thus condemned. Only a few months before, she had been living…

Day 8: Advent, God with Man

I recently returned from a trip to the east coast where I connected with a church body heavily involved with ministering to the large refugee population in the nearby city. What one girl said struck me. She worked full-time helping tutor children, teach English, move families in, and lead Bible studies. But, she commented, the…

Day 7: Advent, the Incarnation and Prayer

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of…