2016 Advent Devotional

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Day

18

Prepare to be Renewed
Wednesday, 12/14/2016

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Daily Scripture

When some of the legal experts from among the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, “Why is he eating with sinners and tax collectors?” When Jesus heard it, he said to them “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.”

Jesus went through the wheat fields on the Sabbath. As the disciples made their way, they were picking the heads of wheat. The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! Why are they breaking the Sabbath law?” Then he said, “The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath.”

1 Corinthians 12:13

Reflection
Reflection

John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus came to baptize us with the Spirit. Many of us may still be wondering what that means. Well, fortunately, Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth helps us to understand. Part of being baptized by the Spirit means that we are now of one body. There is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female (Galatians 3:28). We are united as one by the Spirit.

Unfortunately, we live in a world that encourages division. Whether it’s by race, gender, or class, we draw lines in the sand to separate ourselves from other people. This Advent season, as we prepare for the coming of Christ, we should be mindful how Christ’s coming initiates us into a new body, a body of one. To be made new, through the baptism of the Spirit, is to recognize that we are now united with all other people. We are no longer marked by our differences. We are one.

Prayer
Prayer

Divine Spirit, thank you that you have made me one with the rest of creation. Grant me a spirit of unity that I might work towards inclusion rather than division. Guide me, I pray.

Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. Where do you draw lines in the sand separating yourself from other people?
  2. How can you work towards being more inclusive?

Family Corner

Daily Scripture
Read

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Luke 2:11

Reflection
Do

Share with your child how you felt about their arrival into the world and how you chose to communicate your joy with others. (email, phone call, birth announcement, etc.)

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