Posts Categorized: Advent

Advent Devotional: Second Week of Advent: Wednesday, December 12

  Holiness surrounds us Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth. — Psalm 108:5 … and holy is his name. — Luke 1:49 Mary’s song has so many powerful levels of meaning, but it is ultimately an act of worship, ascribing glory to the Holy One… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Second Week of Advent: Tuesday, December 11

  God’s mighty presence I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds. — Psalm 77:12 … for the Mighty One has done great things for me … — Luke 1:49 Mary recognizes that her new status as the mother of God is not based on her own righteousness. It is… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Second Week of Advent: Monday, December 10

  The lavish love of God … who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing … — Ephesians 1:3 Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed … — Luke 1:48 In her Song of Praise, Mary recognized — and treasured — her blessedness. Do you also treasure the blessings God… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Second Sunday of Advent, December 9

  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. — Luke 1:48–50 Guardian of peace The angel sent a message of joy from God of Heaven… Read more »

Advent Devotional: First Week of Advent, Saturday, December 8

  A lesson in humility … clothe yourselves with humility … —1 Peter 5:5 On a trip to Mexico, I joined a local pastor, his wife and their four children for lunch. Their home was little more than a shanty; no water or electricity, situated along the Colorado River canal, its water highly polluted from… Read more »

Sightings

Light A tour detour by Ken Rummer “What do you want to see while you’re in Geneva?” The host of our Swiss tour for clergy and laity was wondering. I hesitated. After all, my top choice wasn’t one of the usual Reformation tour highlights. “I’d like to see the New Testament manuscripts.” I had read… Read more »

Advent Devotional: First Week of Advent: Friday, December 7

  Humble origins, glorious destinies Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up … — James 1:9 … for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. — Luke 1:48 Consider the humble life of Jesus. Laid as a newborn in a feeding trough, this carpenter received his schooling… Read more »

Advent Devotional: First Week of Advent: Thursday, December 6

  God’s favor for all The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. — Luke 4:18–19 … for he has looked with favor … — Luke 1:48 A powerful Old Testament practice was the Jubilee Year, also called the Year of God’s Favor. Every 50th year,… Read more »

Advent Devotional: First Week of Advent: Wednesday, December 5

  Saving ways For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost. — Luke 19:10 … my spirit rejoices in God my Savior … — Luke 1:47 There are many ways to think of salvation, but surely we can see how the teachings of Jesus “save” us from life’s snares…. Read more »

Advent Devotional: First Week of Advent: Tuesday, December 4

  Exultant spirits Rejoice in the Lord always! — Philippians 4:4 … and my spirit rejoices … — Luke 1:47 Recall moments when you rejoiced wholeheartedly — times of worship, family gatherings or even communing with nature. As father of a special-needs son, I think of the Special Olympics. These events celebrate the worth of… Read more »