December 3, 2017
Posted: December 03, 2017
A Devotion for Your Day
by Wendy Steger
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'"
Advent sometimes seems to me to be an impossible task. These four weeks before Christmas are supposed to be a time for quiet reflection, for preparing our hearts and minds for the miracle of Christ's birth. Every single year, I want to do that. I want this time to be holy and contemplative, spiritual and quiet. And yet, as a working mother of three, every single year is also marked by the demands of preparing for Christmas. I don't mean Christ's birth, I mean Christmas; the hustling, bustling, present giving, present receiving, cookie baking, feasting celebration that is Christmas in the cultural sense of the word. Advent calls us to "prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight," while the Christmas imposed by secular culture calls us to busyness and activity.
No matter what our Christmas preparations are like, we can take great comfort in that even in an imperfect Advent, Jesus is already here. After his resurrection, Jesus said, "I am with you always, to the end of the age." We are reminded of this truth when we remember our baptisms. In his small catechism teaching on baptism, Martin Luther said that each day, the old self dies so that "daily a new person is to come forth and rise up to live before God." This means that every single day, this Advent and beyond, is an opportunity to "prepare the way of the Lord." Every single day, we are given a fresh start -- a new day to walk with Jesus.
Dear God, in my baptism, you have claimed me as your own. Help me remember that every single day is an opportunity for a fresh start with you. Amen.
Wendy Steger serves as Pastor, focusing on Connect Ministries like small groups and outreach.
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