Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 7

Cari Rice

Saturday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 7, 2013

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  Romans 3:22-24

I am a Christian
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I am not shouting that “I am clean living.” I’m whispering “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I’m not holier than thou. I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace somehow! (COPIED)

PRAYER:    Eternal God,
        who are the light of the minds that know you,
        the joy of the hearts that love you,
        and the strength of the wills that serve you;
        grant us so to know you
        that we may truly love you,
        and so to love you
        that we may fully serve you,
        whom to serve is perfect freedom,
        in Jesus Christ our Lord. (St. Augustine)