12.3 Advent Devotional
Today’s Advent Devotional, on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, is written by Connie Edgemon.
NorthPark welcomed Connie as a member in March of this year. She is an active participant in the Genesis II Sunday School group and worked this summer to help secure donations for the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance agency for those affected by tornadoes in the Midwest and to help give the Vickery Meadow Learning Center a facelift in the fall.
Paul's salutation and blessing on the church are as appropriate today they were in his letter to the churches of Corinth, "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
All of us know of the gift of God's love and grace. During this Advent season, it is our responsibility to share His gifts of love and grace with those who have never had the opportunity to experience those gifts.
During this Advent season, I thank our Lord for his bountiful love. I am enhanced by the sharing of the good news of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have the gift of wealth of having been enriched in Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the knowledge that in the end I will be free of sin because of His gift – I have the gift of eternal salvation. It is a time of thankfulness for all I have been given.
God is faithful and he challenges me to be faithful and to believe in the power of His love, His grace, and His gifts. He challenges me to share the Good news of His love for all His children... those who have never heard, those who have heard and not believed, and those who suffer and find belief and hope difficult.
He challenges me all to go out into the world and share the reality that God is love, perfect and unfailing. If I can bring one person into His presence of light and grace during this Advent season, then I will be enriched by that sharing. In doing so, I will feel the grace and peace from God our Father and His son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Share this challenge with me during the Advent Season. There are many ways to serve.