Read: “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.” 1 John 4:9 (NLT)
Reflect: Historically, Advent is a time of reflection leading up to the celebration of the birth of our Messiah. A spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing marks the Christmas season. For many, it is also a festive time of twinkling lights on beautifully adorned trees. Brightly fashioned, wrapped packages are exchanged with those they love while the smell of cinnamon and pine fills the air.
Yet behind these multi-sensory layers, there are individuals who are struggling to find hope. Whether it is the heartbreaking experience of betrayal, devastating illness, financial uncertainty, or the loss of a loved one, the darkness can feel overwhelming and the hope of redemption can feel gone. When Jesus was born, people during his time were experiencing the same life-pausing interruptions. Vulnerable, perfect, and blameless, our Savior arrived to our broken world with a purpose—to be a tangible extension of God’s love and hope for everyone. Our Heavenly Creator pursued our hearts through his Son’s life to fulfill our longing for a restored, eternal life with him.
React: During this season, we celebrate the promise of God’s hope that was fulfilled in the gift of Jesus. If you are in a difficult season, will you cling onto the strength and hope that a relationship with Jesus Christ brings?
Pray: Father God, thank you for giving the world your Son. Through his life, we experience your love, grace, and wisdom. In his death and resurrection, we are given hope and redeemed. Help us to remember your love and promise expressed through our Savior, Jesus. Give us the courage to continue to pursue and align ourselves with your truth.