I know I’m a week late but forgive me please! We were out of state visiting family for Thanksgiving and then family came here for a week to celebrate Claire’s birthday. I think it’s ok to post late though.
As we move through Advent, I wanted to post a small devotion to help us focus on Jesus’s birth and the whole point that we celebrate this season. The first week is a week of HOPE. A week where we recognize the hope we all have in our Savior and in His coming.
Waiting for The Shepherd
Oh God, we have strayed from the path of righteousness. We rejoice, remembering the promise of Your Son, our Shepherd.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” -Isaiah 9:2
Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ that we may anticipate His arrival, The Shepherd, who will guide us.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.” – Isaiah 52:7-10
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” – Matthew 24.36-44
Dear Lord, we wait for Your coming as our Good Shepherd. Please gather us in your arms, feed us with spiritual food and wipe away every tear from our eyes. Asaph’s psalm is our cry: “Hear us, Shepherd of Israel… let your face shine on us, that we may be saved!” (Psalm 80) Come, our Shepherd! Amen.
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