Yesterday when I mentioned the holiday season starting, I left out one of my favorite things that makes this time of year special here at TCU. Aside from the huge tree and holiday themed t-shirts, I forgot to mention the devotional they send out. It is an optional advent devotional that they send out and yesterday we received the first one. I am a huge fan of this because it constantly keeps my mind on the real reason for the season. It comes every other day since I signed up for it and today I am thankful for it!
Here is the first one from yesterday:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. – Isaiah 9:2
"The excitement has been building in my house for a while now. My boys are literally counting down the days. As the frequency of commercials on TV has increased, pointing ahead to the day, we all can barely contain our excitement.
The new Star Wars movie is coming.
The anticipation in our home is palpable. We have opening night tickets. Over dinner, we share our theories about the plot based on the glimpses from the trailers. Maybe the younger characters are Han & Leia’s kids. Maybe Luke has gone over to the dark side. All we know for sure is that we are excited for what December 18holds.
Advent in the church is a season of anticipation. We look forward to Christmas and the birth of the Messiah – Emmanuel, “God with us”. We are reminded of the hope we have because God has come to us in Jesus and made a home with us through God’s abiding Holy Spirit. There is hope because light has come.
But Advent is also the time when we anticipate that our King will come again. And while we may not understand the details from glimpses we see in Biblical visions and promises – we look forward to that day with hope and excitement. Because it will be a day when black lives and Syrian lives and all lives will matter, when all will be welcomed and no refugees need wander, when all life will be valued and no lives shortened by violence in clinics or campuses or battlefields. Love will win, and light will shine on all forever.
Prayer: Come Lord Jesus. Give us hope to live today with hope instead of despair, love instead of fear. Strengthen our hope for that day when your Kingdom comes, and your will be done. Help us share our light in the darkness. Amen."
I wanted to share because I think it is important to keep our minds in the right place during this special time of the year. I hope this offers some guidance to you, friends. I know I sure am thankful for this advent devotional!
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A recent graduate from Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!