Scripture: Mark 1:6-8
Reflection: “The one who is more powerful than I is coming“. An amazing sentence of expectancy and hope. This is what the Advent season is all about! This year feels particularly more expectant, as we not only wait for the birth of our Savior, but we also wait for life to go back to “normal.” Things we have all taken for granted have found new meaning in our hearts, for example, in-person interactions, hugging a friend, or getting to go to church on Sunday without fear or having to wear a mask are a few that immediately pop into my head. What are some things that come to mind for you?
The difference between these two expectations is that one is temporary, and the other is eternal. We are not sure what 2021 will hold or if life as we knew it will ever return. Yet, among all the chaos, confusion, and fear we can hold onto a hope that remains true yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The hope of Jesus.
As we go through this Advent season, rest assured that your expectancy in Jesus will be fulfilled. Unlike that of our ever changing world, our God is unfailing and keeps His promises. No matter how bleak the world may seem, remember the Rock on which we stand – expecting His presence to bring with it unexplainable peace and undeniable hope.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son. Help us to keep our eyes on You when the world tries to bog us down with fear. We welcome You into our minds and hearts this Advent season. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit as we wait in expectancy for the birth of our Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Lexi Kramer, Communications Coordinator
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].