Welcome to Week 4 of the 2020 Advent Devotional

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Welcome to the fourth and final week of the 2020 Advent Devotional, with daily reflections written by members and staff of First United Methodist Church. This year has been unprecedented and indeed, as the theme of our devotional suggests, we are Facing the Challenge of Change. Early on in the pandemic, there was discussion of doing a book of reflections on surviving the pandemic; little did we know or anticipate the length and devastating impact it would have. Then the summer brought a wave of protests, the likes of which had not been seen before, in response to the killing of George Floyd and other acts of violence. Our fragile earth has been beset by a record number of hurricanes and wildfires, the latter of which impacted some of our own members. So this year’s devotional focuses on these issues, and the reflections are based on personal experiences. We have tried to recruit a variety of voices, and have included some discussions with our youth.

Thank you for making these devotions part of your Advent journey.

Week 4: December 20-25 – Peace, Love and Hope

Scripture: Luke 1:52-54
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy.

Hymn: “Let there be Peace on Earth”
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Action: Do a random act of kindness each day.