Advent Devotion – Monday, December 17

Read: Colossians 1:11-20 

Centering Verse: He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

Explore:

  • How does God give you strength through his power?
  • How are you giving Jesus first place in your life?
  • How is God working in Christ to reconcile the world to him?

Reflect:

I have long loved the moon.  It has been a powerful symbol of God for me in my music and poetry.  The moon shines brightly and bravely through the darkness of the night.  Try and imagine what the night would be like without the moon (and the stars, of course).  What if the world was enclosed in complete darkness in the non-daylight hours?  How desperate and lost we would feel!  No matter how dark the world around us gets, the light of Christ will shine through.  And we cling to the promise that the darkness will never overcome the light of Christ.  Even before Jesus came to us in the manger, the light of Christ shone in the world as a beacon drawing us toward what was to come.  We can become those beacons now, as we, like mirrors, reflect the light of the one who rescued us from the power of darkness.  How might we be, as Paul wrote to the Philippians, “blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world” (Philippians 2:15)?

Closing Prayer: LORD God, shine through us.

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