Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 2: Hope Day 11

Wed, Dec 13

Invitation – Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

Scripture Reading – Genesis 12:1-3

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Dwelling

Humble yourself before God. Read again, out loud if possible. Which words or phrases are particularly striking? What do they reveal about God? About us? Respond to God accordingly, resting in Him.

Guided Prayer

  • Express gratitude for how God has been faithful to his promise to Abraham, both in the world and in your life.
  • Look forward to all the families of the earth being blessed through God’s people.

Confessional Prayer – CD 2.5

Lord Jesus, we can hardly take in the truth that because you took on our humanity we will one day stand before you shoulder to shoulder with people from every tribe and language and nation to worship you, the Lamb and King of kings. For the sake of your Name, fill our hearts with hope, make our lives radiant with your beauty, free us to love and declare your glory to our families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors that they will one day join with all the redeemed to sing your praises. Amen.

Blessing – Lamentations 3:22-24

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”