Wednesday, December 20th

 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


Covenant Messenger & Sun of Righteousness | Malachi 3:1-4; 4:1-6

1 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”


As You Pray Today

Pray for a gentile witness and a readiness to give a reason for the hope within us / for our government leaders.


Let Us Pray

King Jesus, Prince of Peace: I’ve lost my childlike wonder and stuffed the emptiness with Christmas busyness and sappy sentiment. Remind me of the miracle of Christmas, that you not only assumed a human nature but a real human soul; you are fully human. Fill me with renewed wonder that you came to save me wholly, body and soul. 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.