12.23 Advent Devotional
Today's devotional, on 2 Samuel 7:9-10 and Luke 1:32-33, is written by Juliann Barkley.
Juliann is a new member at NorthPark Presbyterian, along with her husband Art and sons Everett and Alex. She is a member of the Visions Sunday School group and volunteers with the church's Reverse Food Truck.
"and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth." 2 Samuel 7:9-10
"He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Luke 1:32-33
Last week our Sunday School class was discussing giving and receiving during Christmas.
As we have gone through The Advent Conspiracy we have explored many ways to minimize the Christmas consumerism and give in a way that benefits our broader community and avoids us filling up our houses with "stuff." Often the gift of our presence is more valuable and scarce than anything else we could give. Time spent in community with others fills us up like nothing we could buy at the Galleria.
We also talked about how the act of being thankful and expressing that thanks to the giver brings an equal amount of joy. We lamented the "lost art of thank you cards" and how much it means when we receive one. A note from our loved one telling us how much they are enjoying our gift can make our whole week!
When giving and receiving is a 50/50 exchange filled with love, everyone is enriched. From the beginning of time God has given us the gift of his presence. He has been with us at every moment of every day. Then He gave the ultimate gift… his Son. Every morning that we wake up we are greeted by the gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
What will be our Thank You card to God today as we wait to celebrate the arrival of His Son, Jesus?