Advent Devotions 2017

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November 28, 2017

Posted: November 28, 2017

A Devotion for Your Day

by Jill Johnson

Micah 4:6-13

This particular reading tells the story of how God sent the people who had not obeyed him to Babylon. He also gave them the promise to be restored after exile. Although the people were in pain because of the current exile, and they did not understand God's plan for the future, there was the promise of being restored.

In interpreting this reading for myself, I was given the phrase "despite odds against you now, have hope for the future," taken from the Micah reading. In my life, I have learned over time, that if I am feeling stressed or worried about something, to make a conscious effort to let it go. When I have hope for God's plan, the situation will work out as it is supposed to. At first, this was very difficult to do. I continue to work on it, but I have learned over time that when I make the effort to leave it to God's plan and have hope for the future, it turns out, and the situation is made very clear to me in the end. This way of thinking has probably prevented me from having a myriad of health concerns - physical or mental!

Dear God, I thank you for the many blessings in my life and for your constant presence. Help me to continue to know that you are there, with faith and hope for the future. Amen.

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Jill Johnson works in Care ministries, coordinating weddings, funerals, support groups, and pastoral care.

Contact Jill: or 952-985-7381