First Week of Advent: HOPE

Light of Lights
Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide
Sunday, November 30

Prepare your heart to be open to this season before you, a season full of sights and sounds and needs. Commit to a brief time every day to read the scripture and meditation for the day. Pause and breathe. God is near.

Looking for Jesus
Read John 1:35-41
An angel . . . appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. . . . When they had seen [the baby], they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.
– Luke 2:9, 17 (NIV)

As my wife and I walked from the church with our four-year-old son, we saw a heavily bearded man approaching us. I had seen the man before and was familiar with his fast-paced gait but had not noticed him more than to exchange occasional greetings. Upon seeing the man, my son shouted, “Daddy, see Jesus coming right in front of us!”
Apparently, my son’s image of Jesus came from the children’s Bible storybooks and movies that depict Jesus as a heavily bearded, light-skinned man. As I chuckled, I remembered the shepherds who were watching over their flocks on the night Christ was born and how startled and frightened they had been. Reflecting on this, I admired my son’s excitement at seeing and meeting “Jesus” that day.
As we approach this Christmas, my son’s exclamation reminds me to look for Jesus. When we focus on Christ instead of allowing ourselves to be distracted by the many interruptions we encounter every day, we are able to spread the word about his birth and saving grace for all people!
Philip Polo (Nairobi, Kenya)
Reflection Question:
How am I looking for Jesus this Advent season?
God of all seasons, as we commemorate your son’s birth give us child-like awe and enthusiasm for spreading his message of hope. Amen.

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