Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 2: Hope Day 13

Fri, Dec 15

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 – Isaiah 9:3-7

You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with right­eousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Dwelling

What does this passage awaken in you? Stop and ask God about the response this passage has caused in you. Ask him to help you as you explore your emotions, doubts, concerns, and fears. Let God’s Holy Spirit assure you of the truth.

Guided Prayer

  • Yearn for the light of God to shine in this broken world and in our lives.
  • Praise the Lord for his zeal both to redeem and reign.

Confessional Prayer – NCC 21 & 23

Eternal Savior, at the coming of your birth, hope entered the world. You are the one and only God-man, fully God yet fully man. It is only by your unique personhood that hope and salvation are made possible to your brothers and sisters. Enliven hope in our hearts and make us instruments to display that hope to the world. 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.”