Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advent Discovery Walk – Week 3

John 1: 9-10  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

Christ's coming into the world was heralded by angels, feared by the king, and celebrated by the shepherds in the fields.  Many people missed the advent of His birth though.  Why was that?  Perhaps their own expectations shrouded His birth in such mystery that they could not see it for what it was.  Perhaps they weren't looking for their Messiah to be born in a lowly manger in a rural town.  They were looking for the pomp and circumstance due a king and overlooked the quiet star that announced His birth.  

Our own expectations often "color" our paths, don't they?  As you are exploring an invitation from the Lord to move from your current situation, think about how your expectations for this new part of your journey might be causing you to overlook His greatest gifts to you both here and now - the brightest being His Presence with you as you go.  This week, with the aid of the Traveler's Pack, explore the way you may be anticipating the road ahead and how that could shape your walk forward. (download here

Prayer:  Lord, we ask that you continuously open our eyes and our hearts to see and hear You in the midst of the holiday hubbub, the busyness of our daily lives, our tangled thoughts and our often divided hearts.  Thank you for your firm promise that You will never leave us nor forsake us - even when we are blinded to what you are working to accomplish for our good, even in the here and now.   In Jesus' Name we pray - Amen!

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