Sunday, December 4, 2016

Advent Discovery Walk – Week 2 

Luke 2:15  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made know to us."

When Christ arrived in the middle of a manger in Bethlehem, those around Him were prompted to take action and to make some changes.  The Wise Men and the Shepherds traveled to see Jesus and to worship Him.  The King sought the place where Jesus was born to kill Him and to eliminate the threat to his earthly kingdom and rule.  Mary & Joseph both traveled to Egypt to evade the King's persecution and to wait for God to reveal the next step.  

Last week you may have sensed an invitation from the Lord to move from your current situation, place, role or ministry.  He's arrived in your heart in a new way and you feel prompted to make some changes.  But before you make any moves, this week's Traveler's Pack opens a new set of questions to consider regarding your current "dwelling place" – whether literal or figurative, earthly or spiritual.  (download here)

Are attachment and familiarity causing hesitation in stepping out into your invitation?   Take a moment to offer thanks to the Lord for what you've learned and/or for the gifts you've received in your current situation up to this point. This week reflect on how the Lord's invitation is an opportunity to build your faith journey.

Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for always pursuing me and seeking a deeper relationship with me.  You know my reluctance to lose sight of the shoreline when you are calling me to launch out into the deep and to let down my nets for a catch (Luke 5:4).  Increase my faith!  May Your Spirit fill me with your wisdom and peace.  In Jesus' Name - Amen.

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