2019 Advent Devotional: Sun, 12/1

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Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-4

Isaiah 2 marks the beginning of a hopeful vision for Judah and its capital Jerusalem. These verses are a poem on the transforming power of hope and humility. Peace can only be attained after sin has been thoroughly judged, and there must be a purging before blessing. This is a very appropriate scripture to begin our reflections on Seeking Peace/Breaking Barriers.

As I write this, I have just attended a football game at the University of Colorado. You may wonder how a football game could be an inspiration for this reflection. Unfortunately, the Buffs were not victors in this very suspenseful, hard-fought game. The new head coach, Mel Tucker, has a mantra of work hard, no excuses, and be relentless.

Many of us sort of take our faith for granted, and we do not think we have to continually build our spiritual muscle. We can come up with many excuses, and we are far from being relentless. Today, more than ever, we need to go to our spiritual gyms to work to build our spiritual muscle, and we must relentlessly build our faith to help create the kin-dom on earth.

FUMC’s guiding scripture is from Micah: do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. By doing this, we can beat swords into plowshares, and turn spears into pruning hooks.

Prayer: God of Hope and Love, may we let go of the excuses that keep us from reaching out to go up to the mountain of the Lord. May we be relentless in our desire to learn the way of the Lord and walk in the Lord’s path. Amen.

~ Connie Takamine