Advent Devotion 1

In this season we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We are grateful for all the love and light that his birth brings into the world.  This is a season to experience the joy and peace and love that we associate with Jesus.

 Yet there is so much suffering and division in the world around us.  We ourselves may be experiencing challenges and conflicts in our own lives.  We may not feel merry and bright.
In Jesus’ time, there was also much conflict and suffering.  And in the midst of all of it, Jesus encouraged people to find their home in God, to come home to the unconditional, universal love of God.  In this process, we can find joy and peace and love in spite of outward circumstances.  We don’t have to wait for things to get better in the world to celebrate.  We don’t have to wait until we are perfect to celebrate. We can experience joy and peace and love right now and then share those gifts with the world.  This Advent season, may we find our way to celebration!

PrayerGive some thought to people who are suffering in the world today.  Think about the environmental challenges facing the Earth.  Think about your need for healing and wholeness.  Give thanks for Divine Love which has the capacity to embrace all of this suffering.  As we release our pain and disappointment and anger we create more space for joy.  Amen. 

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