Advent Devotional 2019


ST ~ Isaiah 2: 4-5 ~ 4 Thus [the LORD] will judge among the nations and
arbitrate for the many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their
spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up sword against nation; they shall no
longer learn how to make war. 5 O come, people of Jacob, let us live in the light of the
God’s first act in creating the world was to put light in the darkness, by saying, “Let there
be light.” (Gen. 1:3) Those words were the Word, our Christ. “In the beginning was the
Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…Everything came into being
through the Word.” (John1:1, 3) That beginning was when God created the Garden to be a
world of Peace.
As we begin Advent, as we await the birth of an holy baby who will/does/did make
manifest that very Light of God in this darkening world, one of our deepest longings is for
Peace. As we recognize the justice of God, as we look at the world with God’s eyes, and
see all the people as God sees them, we make manifest a world created through the Word,
into God’s world of peace.
Let us change our warring ideas into tools for growing, for nourishment, for healing, for
Let us (I will) work at doing one “Random Act of Kindness” every day of Advent, in order
to change my “swords into plowshares,” and to “live in the Light of the LORD.”
Merry Christmas, everyone.
Blessings, Bethany

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