2017 Advent Devo 16

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Beginnings

Read Mark 1:1-8

As we celebrate Advent, the coming of Christ, it’s appropriate that we reflect upon the beginnings of what we celebrate.

One would think that the beginning of the gospel, or “ good news”, of the Son of God, would have been a magnificent spectacle of dignitaries and religious leaders all decked out in the finest regalia. After all, it was the beginning of the good news that profoundly changed the world for the better.  But…not so.

The beginning was much humbler, it began by a voice crying in the wilderness, a messenger imploring people to prepare for the way of the Lord.

The messenger was John the Baptist, who roamed the wilderness clothed in camel hair, eating locust and wild honey.  Despite being in the wilderness, throngs of people found John to confess their sins and to be baptized by him.  John urged the people to prepare, because, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

We all need to reflect regularly on the good news and prepare ourselves to receive the warm fulfillment that Jesus brings to our lives.  Likewise, we need to acknowledge our sins and shortcomings, to open our souls to receive the grace of forgiveness, to accept that we do not have to carry our burdens alone, and to experience a fullness of life and purpose that sustains us.

And, we need to be messengers of the good news, witnessing to the power of God’s unflinching love.  Advent…what a great time to recharge our spiritual batteries and help others to recharge theirs.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for all your blessings, and especially for the gift of your Son, whose presence in our lives makes this world a better place and us better people.  Amen.

- Jim Roberson

 

 

 

Last Published: December 12, 2017 1:25 PM
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