Advent Devotionals: Saturday, December 6

Adam Nash

Saturday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 6, 2014

In the narrative of scripture the birth of Christ is the pinnacle of the entire Bible, but in terms of history it seems so ordinary. A young, ordinary, Jewish girl carries within her the hope of all creation. When his person, this most extraordinary person, the hope of the world, enters the world, the world does not even know what has happened or who it is that has arrived.

Advent Devotionals: Friday, December 5

Joe Gibson

Friday, First Week of Advent: Hope                   
December 5, 2014

“Eternal life is set before us in the promise; the Spirit works faith in us, and hope of that life; faith and hope bring it near, and filled with joy in expectation of it”

We shall be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:7

Eternal life is an inheritance and is not earned by works.  It is a divine gift.  God gives it of his own free will and it belongs only to his children.  God adopts us and this is his gracious legacy.

Advent Devotionals: Thursday, December 4

Amanda Standiford

Thursday, First Week of Advent
December, 4, 2014

I’m sure someone’s going to tell me that I am too young to be weary, but I am sometimes.

I’m weary of the same things as you are, I imagine: dishes, laundry, it being dark before I get home from work, grocery shopping, long days, the cushions slowly sliding off the couch, and the fact that the dog still needs to go for a walk when it’s pouring down rain. Nothing drastic or terrible — just the monotony of doing the same tasks time and time again.

Advent Devotionals: Wednesday, December 3

Allene Kirkland*

Wednesday, First Week of Advent
December 3, 2014

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

I believe that Angels walk among us (humans with a mission to help others).  On more occasions than I can count I have been helped and kept safe by Angels.  I call them  Guardian Angels.  

Advent Devotionals: Tuesday, December 2

Maureen Moynahan Elwyn

Tuesday,  First Week of Advent: Hope
December 2, 2014

Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. (Romans 12:12)
An answer to prayer arrives on a street corner in Seoul.

In this Advent season when we celebrate the birth of God’s son, it’s only natural for parents to reflect on their own children. Our adopted daughter’s birth was nothing short of miraculous.

Advent Devotionals: Monday, December 1

Keith Stillwell

Monday, First Week of Advent: Hope               
December 1, 2014

Jesus, the Hope for the Gentiles and for All

and again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse shall come,
the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles shall hope.”
(Romans 15:12, NRSV)

We take for granted that the Advent (coming) of Christ, born in a manger, brings hope to all people, not just the Jewish Christians of the early church.

Advent Devotionals: Sunday, November 30

Marie Case Crain

Sunday, First Week of Advent: Hope                 
November 30, 2014
Light the Candle of Hope

“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up” 
Psalms 27:10 KJV
While reading the book “Orphan Train West” by Jane Peart, my heart remembered how the children felt when they were placed on view within churches, hoping to find homes where they truly belonged.  Most of the more than 100,000 children were not orphans but were abandoned, transported across the country by train from 1890 until 1939.  Children transferred from temporary to permanent, to no father, no mother, no home, they had nothing left but hope.