Advent Devotional 2019

2019 Advent Devotional: Thurs, 12/19

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 The scripture, whether it is Mary’s Song of Praise or Elizabeth’s, is beautiful and uplifting. Personally, I gave birth to my children in a foreign country with doctors who did not speak English, which was rather hard. How difficult it must have been for the mother of Jesus, far away from home […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Tues, 12/17

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 I interpret Luke 1:46-55 the following way: my actions on earth should reflect on and expand the goodness of God. God receives an equal amount of happiness from all his children – no matter how unimportant we might feel – and as such we are all equally blessed. Knowing him and loving […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Mon, 12/9

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 Isaiah 10:1-4 speaks against the proud oppressor who creates wicked and unjust decrees. Isaiah asks the corrupt, with power and wealth who are passing these laws, how they can turn aside the needs of so many. These needs of the poor, the widows, the orphans, not unlike those of color and culture […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Thurs, 12/5

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4 The higher I go up a mountain, the closer to God I feel. Sitting at a lake above 11,000 feet in Colorado I am in awe, of the grandeur, of a sense of presence that surrounds me, of the clarity of mind that is available there. Pure being seems to be all […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Wed, 12/4

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4 This passage resonates. I remember inspiration from Pete Seeger singing “Ain’t gonna study war no more” in the early 1970’s. I remember admiration for the Plowshares Eight who were jailed over nuclear weapons protests in 1980 (such small acts, but far-reaching in resonance). I recall the pain of a militaristic prayer at […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Tues, 12/3

Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-4 I have always deeply loved this vision from Isaiah: peoples from far and wide, of every hue, from every context, journeying together, and joining one another on the hilltop of God. As these newly gathered peoples look down upon the valleys, they see both neighbors and strangers wielding tools of life rather […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Mon, 12/2

Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-4 Guns to Gardens In the second chapter of Isaiah, the poem is a prophet’s vision of a hopeful future and how to live to accomplish it. The ancient desire of mankind for peace is in an oft quoted verse from Isaiah 2:4: “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Sun, 12/1

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 […]

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