Thursday December 3 2020

Scripture: Mark 1:12-13

Reflection: We are in the Covid19 wilderness right now and have been for a long time.  How will we navigate this Advent season that is so different from past years?  Advent has always been filled with temptations and challenges – from merchants and family and friends and the world around us. But in Mark’s gospel we learn that Jesus rested peacefully with the animals and the angels as he was in the wilderness. As we await Jesus’ birth in this beautiful time of Advent, let’s consider what we can learn from this wilderness time of Covid19.  If we cannot gather as we have always done in malls, at parties, in all the celebratory ways of former years, how can we grow and be transformed to truly know and love God’s greatest gift to us, his only Son? How can we help our children to appreciate and celebrate this Advent season more fully than in the past?  We still want to have the big fat man in the red suit with the white beard come by our homes, but we need to appreciate God’s love that lives with us in our homes every day.  May we all have some restful peace with the wild beasts as Jesus did as we walk through Advent with the angels next to us, and may we help our children to know more fully about Jesus’ birth during this Advent season.

Prayer: Gracious God, We are living in a confusing time.  We are so grateful for the birth of your Son and for your presence with us in this Covid19 wilderness.  Help us to treasure all the gifts that come from you instead of focusing on what we don’t have and can’t do during this Advent season.  Walk beside us and transform us to be who you want us to be. In your Son’s name we pray. Amen.

Author: Linda Ibsen, Interim Director for Children & Family Ministries

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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].

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