December 9

December 9

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 9.  GOD transforms.


 I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:24-28

REFLECTION from Jessica Krueger
When I was a young child I used to hate to wear shoes. I would run around all day playing with my younger siblings and the neighbor children. We would play in the rocks, the dirt, the cement driveway and I would not once feel an ounce of pain. My feet had become used to this type of activity. Now living with a dirt driveway, I take just a couple steps out my front door with no shoes on and I wince in pain.

     It is amazing to me how calloused both my feet and my heart can become over time. Just as my feet were toughened by years of contact with this rough terrain, I find my heart can be hardened the same way. I choose the tough exterior and cynicism rather than the joy of God’s love and acceptance that he offers. When my heart is hardened, there is no longer room for joy, love and compassion.

     In the book of Ezekiel, his ministry centered around a people uprooted from their homes and living in a foreign land. In this specific part, he is sharing his vision of how God will restore his chosen people, offering them the restoration and salvation that Israel hoped for after they suffered the punishment of the exile.  

     No matter the circumstance, we have a God who promises that he will cleanse, transform and possess us. When we allow God’s promise to break through our calloused hearts, we become a more perfect reflection of Him; loving our world and each other in perfect rhythm.

PRAYER. Jesus, it can be so easy to be cynical in our every day lives. The rough terrain that life throws our way can be too much to withstand. I pray that your promise to cleanse, transform and possess our hearts will have us always seeking after you. I pray that we can face conversations, interactions and relationships with confidence that you are a God of love and transformation. AMEN.


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