December 4

December 4

You are invited into a time of spiritual reflection and prayer in this Advent season—a season of waiting and listening, a season of expectation and hope.

O Lord, let me not conform to the ways of this world, but transform me by your Holy Spirit; renew me mind and heart that I may discern and do Your Will—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.

December 4. Our God is stronger


And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: “Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your judgments have been revealed.     Revelation 15:3-4

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoke.   Micah 4:1-4

REFLECTION from Mary Fisher
It’s easy to be afraid these days. News about terrorism and war and the threat of war bombards us every day. And if ISIS and North Korea, Syria and Afghanistan aren’t enough, some of our neighbors are bent on our destruction. It’s overwhelming. Our enemies seem so strong.

     And our God is stronger. The One who created the heavens, the earth and all living things is the King of the Universe. And he will prevail. No rogue pseudo-state, no irrational ruler, no homegrown terrorist can defeat our God. Micah prophesied that peoples and nations will come to the Lord so that he may teach them his ways. They will beat their swords into plowshares and learn war no more. Hundreds of years later, John’s prophecy in the book of Revelation includes a song of Moses and the Lamb that praises God for his justice, truth and holiness. All nations will come and worship the Lord, for his judgments have been revealed. It’s a fact – everyone will bow down to the King. it’s going to happen when Jesus comes again to reign in glory. That means we can release our fear to the Lord, and rest in his peace.

     Which is not to say that there aren’t battles yet to be fought. And our enemies may win some of them. But the final outcome is beyond question. It’s already been decided. The God who came to us as an innocent baby has defeated evil and death. And nothing has ever been the same. May we all live in the light of this truth.

PRAYER. Oh Lord, our world sometime seems very dark. This advent season, fill our hearts with the light of your love and truth. Help us not to despair but to know your peace, justice and holiness, and share them with those around us. Thank you, Lord, that you invite us to participate with you in bringing your peace and justice to a word that needs it so deeply. Help us to know what is our part in your plan, and to act upon it with courage and joy. In the name of the King, AMEN


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