Advent Devotion – December 2, 2010

Scripture – 1 Thessalonians 3:1–13

2010 Advent Devotions “We sent Timothy . . . to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these persecutions.” (1 Thessalonians 3:2–3)

I remember reading Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling early in the 1980s. I had resisted our church’s peacemaking and advocacy work for fear of controversy and perceived “persecutions.” At the time it was the hawks versus the doves, and the doves, the hawks said, were at the very least unpatriotic and at worst, communist revolutionaries. I wanted no part of all that.

This document was compelling. My faith journey had reached a point where I understood what God’s grace meant in my life and that God’s desire for reconciliation extended to all people.

God’s call is compelling when it comes, and gradually I began to find my voice. There have been tense moments, accusations, doubts, and impatience with how slow the progress seems. There have been times of acceptance, the joy of sharing the journey, and the affirmation when something has changed for the good.

The Thessalonian Christian community continued in their faith and love. Did they believe they had been called to their ministry by God? Did they tell of Jesus’ good news of God’s grace? Did they know the Holy Spirit accompanied them?

I hope so, and I hope this is true for today’s justice and peace seekers. The Prince of Peace has called us; let us respond fearlessly with faith and love.

Holy One, who calls us by your grace to ministries of justice and peace, support us by your Spirit. Make us fearless and hope-filled as we respond to your call. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

Elder Louise Davidson,
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio

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