Thursday before the First Sunday of Advent

Psalm 25:1-10, Nehemiah 9:6-15, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Remember, LORD, your compassion
and your ful love,
for they have existed from antiquity.
(Psalm 25:6)

As we enter the Advent Season this Sunday, we will be drawn to worry about and other social gatherings. The culture around us has begun its annual whirlwind of consumption and revelry. As Christmas approaches, the normal Christian gets pulled into the culture’s orbit, and it seems so good, because it has to do with Christmas.

Take a breath. Breathe in. Breath out.

While breathing in deeply, say, “Remember, Lord, your compassion.”

While breathing out, say, “Be compassionate to your servant.”

While breathing in deeply (again), say, “Remember, Lord, your ful love.”

While breathing out, say, “Remind your servant of your ful love.”

The psalmist is all but throwing himself onto the of God. Nehemiah is seeing the of God in through restoration. is reminding the Thessalonians of the they have experienced, and the -filled life they are ed to live out.

As the world enters a time of material craziness, we are ed to enter a time of , a time to invite God incarnate, Emmanuel, to abide with us. Let us enter into His -filled presence and transform the space around us.

  1. It is often hard to be -filled in this season, and especially to it. What can you do to the that God has placed in your life?
  2. Can you see yourself throwing yourself into the lap of God? If, yes, how do you balance the awe of God with that openness? If, no, how do you balance this “reckless” love that God expressed in birth and with the awe that you feel, or the “” that you must/should have?

KD) Are you excited about Christmas? Presents? Do you think about the best present of all, , and how to give Him to your friends?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.