Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 1: Longing Day 4

Wed, Dec 6

Invitation – Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

Scripture Reading – Genesis 3:16-19

To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.

Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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

  • Grieve over the perversion of creation.
  • Confess ways our sin emboldens the curse upon creation.
  • Ask for God’s healing in this world.

Confessional Prayer – WSC 18 & 19

You are the source of all that is right and true, yet our eyes turn to the broken wisdom of this world. We avoid the gaze of your judgment upon us; we choose false hope and false promises. You call creation out of chaos; you are the great Redeemer. By your voice this universe was created and it is only in your voice that we are brought to safety. Amen.

Blessing – Psalm 130:7-8

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.