Monday, December 18th

 Art for Advent 2017: The Image of God Clay sculpture by Alycia Bailey

Art for Advent 2017: The Image of God
Clay sculpture by Alycia Bailey


And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together…
(Isaiah 40:5)


Silence


The Son of Man & Ruler from Bethlehem | Daniel 7:9-14, Micah 5:2-5a

9 “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. 10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

11 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. 

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2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. 4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5 And he shall be their peace.


As You Pray Today

Pray for the call to follow Christ as disciples in this world / for a love of and commitment to the city of Richmond.


Let Us Pray

Sure to come Savior, I believe your coming again will mean the righting of all that is wrong; it will complete your rescue plan and fully carry out your redemption. But that sweet comfort makes the waiting all that much harder. Come quickly, Lord Jesus, and redeem your people; come quickly and rescue us. Amen.


Blessing: Based on Luke 1:78-79

May the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven, shine on those living in darkness and guide our feet into the path of peace.


We pray that this Advent season will be a blessed time for you and your household as we remember Christ's first coming into this world as a child, and look with expectation to the day of his return to make all things new.


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For those interested in having music to accompany your time spent with this devotional, we’ve curated two Advent playlists: one on Spotify and one on Apple Music. We hope you enjoy them.


This reading plan is adapted from Jerram Barrs's Advent devotionals
and Seeking God's Face by Philip F. Reinders.