2016 Advent Devotional

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Day

21

Prepare to be Renewed
Saturday, 12/17/2016

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Daily Scripture
Daily Scripture

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Reflection
Reflection

There’s always a fight in some state whether or not the Ten Commandments should be put on the courthouse lawn. Funny that no one ever fights to have the Beatitudes put on the courthouse lawn. Those statements of Jesus delivered to the crowd on the mountainside overlooking the Sea of Galilee sum up the blessedness of living in the Kingdom of God, even when physical life can be hard. We have been renewed. We can live in God’s Kingdom, even now in our midst, despite the difficulties, because the Kingdom is ours in Jesus Christ.

We are happy, hopeful, thirsting for righteousness, pure in heart, peacemakers who call ourselves children of God. So we turn our backs on hatefulness, we love even our enemies. To remember our baptism is to remember that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. What a privilege. As we get closer to Christmas, it would be wise of us to remember the words of Jesus here. This is what it looks like to be a Christmas people.

Prayer
Prayer

Gracious and loving God, may my life in you make me humble and merciful, a servant full of joy and gladness. Thank you that I have been cleansed by the Spirit charged to live a life marked by your teachings.

Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. What do the beatitudes mean to you?
  2. Do you believe that the Kingdom of God is in our midst?

Family Corner

Daily Scripture
Read

“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger”

Luke 2:16

Reflection
Do

Reenact the Christmas story using a nativity set or act it out as a family!

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