2014 Advent Devotional

The season of Advent is upon us, and it is time, once again, to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. It is our hope that this devotional will aid your personal reflections during this season. The Trinity Advent Devotional features meditations based on the daily office readings from the Book of Common Prayer and written by Trinity’s Doctor of Ministry students and alumni.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Morning Psalms: Ps. 24, Ps. 29 | Evening Psalms: Ps. 8, Ps. 84
Isaiah 42:1-13 | Ephesians 6:10-20 | John 3:16-21
 
“I can’t wait for Christmas, Daddy. I am so excited.” It is that time of year. Expectation is in the air. The twelve days of Christmas are almost here. It is a time of good will towards all. 
 
Why? Because at the foundation of the seasonal sentiment, the reason for the upcoming season for which we are preparing, is the fact that God gave the best gift of all for us: Himself, Jesus Christ. In doing so, God gave us the pathway to eternal life available for everyone, through His Son Jesus Christ. And in this season of preparation, we extend that gift-giving practice to others. We think of ways to bless others by what we do, with joy and peace. That makes Advent and Christmas very evangelistic seasons.
 
The overall purpose of the Gospel of John is that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing we may have life in His name (John 20:31). And in today’s gospel lesson, Jesus unpacks that a bit for us, by saying: God sent Me into the world not that you would be condemned, but that both you and other people might be saved, that you all might have eternal life in My name, now and in the future (John 3:17).
 
As you think of what to give your loved ones for Christmas, or how you can be a blessing to others in this season of goodwill for all, take a moment to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Ask Him to find the right gift. Ask Him to guide you to be a blessing to others.
 
Heavenly Father, guide us in this season of preparation to be the blessing You want us to be in word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Shaw Mudge (MDiv 1988, DMin 2004)
SAMS missionary
The Anglican Diocese of Belize and elsewhere
 
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