Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.” vs. 29

Mark 13:24-31

We don’t need to be particularly alert to know that Christmas is near. Black Friday with all its sales and promotions has come and gone. All the best trees have already disappeared from the well-lit lots on the strategic corners near shopping centers. Yards are being decorated with blow-up sleighs and reindeer–men and women are risking their lives to string lights from their rooftops. And if that weren’t enough, tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent and all over the world the first blue candle is awaiting its flame. Now our Advent calendars aren’t nearly as ominous as the apocalyptic signs early Christians associated with the coming Christ, but they do remind us that our days are numbered and hope is on the way. Jesus taught his disciples not to fear the unknown terrors that they’d likely encounter in their journey of faith. He said that things could get pretty ugly, and indeed they can–that’s something we all know too well. But on the other side of the suffering would be a joyous gathering, and that’s something we can all hang on to. Advent tells us that Christ is near, at the very gates of our hearts, and it’s worthwhile getting ready to celebrate. And so we will! The secular and spiritual are beautifully woven together through this season and everyone gets involved, saints and Santa’s alike.

Thought for the Day: What do I enjoy most about Advent?


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